PURPOSE. This review aims to identify factors associated with parental discharge readiness following pediatric hospitalization, with focus applicability to solid organ transplant patients.
DESIGN AND METHODS. Thirty-eight publications, including research and clinical practice papers, were identified using Cooper's methodology for conducting integrative research reviews (1982).
RESULTS. Four concepts emerged influencing discharge readiness: support, identification of unique and individual needs, education, and communication and coordination. Synthesis of themes resulted in two overarching concepts: meaningful interactions and confidence building.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. Nurses have a singular opportunity to enhance meaningful interactions and confidence building, ultimately promoting a successful transition home.