Paediatric nursing and children's autonomy
Version of Record online: 18 DEC 2007
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Volume 5, Issue 6, pages 367–372, November 1996
How to Cite
LOWES, L. (1996), Paediatric nursing and children's autonomy. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 5: 367–372. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.1996.tb00269.x
- Issue online: 18 DEC 2007
- Version of Record online: 18 DEC 2007
- Accepted for publication 10 August 1995
- children's autonomy;
- paediatric nursing;
- values and beliefs
- •The topic of children's rights is a wide-ranging and complex subject, and in recognition of this fact this paper specifically addresses the concept of the right of children to make decisions about their own health-care.
- •This paper explores the many factors which may influence a child's right to autonomy, including family relationships and the broader external influences exerted by health-care workers.
- •The discussion highlights the dilemmas which may be faced by nurses when their values and beliefs, or hierarchical position within the health-care structure, inhibit their ability to promote children's autonomy.