Parents, nurses and paediatric nursing: a critical review


  • Philip Darbyshire RNMH RSCN DipN RNT MN PhD

    1. Lecturer in Health and Nursing Studies, Department of Health and Nursing Studies Glasgow Caledonian University, City Campus, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA, Scotland
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The desirability of encouraging parents to live-in with their hospitalized child is widely accepted (Department of Health 1991) This review traces the historical development of parental involvement in paediatrics The literature reviewed shows that parental participation and living-in has been viewed largely as philosophically and professionally unproblematic These ‘cardinal principles’ of paediatric nursing have been advocated and operationalized with little or no attempt made to understand what living-in is like for either parents or for the nurses who work with them It is proposed that research approaches in this area are required which are more hermeneutic and dialogic