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Doyle C.,The College of Nursing and Midwifery
Nursing children and young people | Year: 2012

A children's nurse in the Republic of Ireland describes her experience working with children with complex needs in their homes, the preferred setting for their care. The varied duties involved in meeting essential, often complicated, requirements and gradually improving the quality of life of child and family are explored using Peplau's model of care. Career pathways for children's nurses in Ireland now include the development of community posts and planned support in the home for children with long-term illnesses and their caregivers.

O'Shea M.,The College of Nursing and Midwifery
Journal of perioperative practice | Year: 2011

The purpose of this paper is to present the findings of an evaluation study which examines the perceived effectiveness of a pre-admission visit for children (and their parents) undergoing day surgery procedures in the Republic of Ireland. This follow on paper provides the findings of an evaluation study subsequent to the pre-admission, practice development initiative published in the Journal of Perioperative Practice, June 2010, 20 (6) 203-206.

Nicholl H.,The College of Nursing and Midwifery
Paediatric nursing | Year: 2010

Diary records in healthcare research are becoming more common. This article describes the use of a diary as a method in which mothers' experiences of caring for children were explored in a hermeneutic phenomenological study or similar. Data for the original study were collected using three interviews and a diary recorded on three separate occasions. The challenges and issues that can arise when using diaries are discussed here.

Dahlberg U.,Norwegian University of Science and Technology | Aune I.,The College of Nursing and Midwifery
Midwifery | Year: 2013

Objective: the aim of the present study was to gain a deeper understanding of how relational continuity in the childbearing process may influence the woman's birth experience. Research design/setting: a Q-methodological approach was chosen, as it allows the researcher to systematically assess subjectivity. 23 women were invited to sort a sample of 48 statements regarding their subjective view of birth experience after having participated in a pilot project in Norway, where six midwifery students provided continuity of care to 58 women throughout the childbearing process. The sorting patterns were subsequently factor-analysed, using the statistical software 'PQ' which reveals one strong and one weaker factor. The consensus statements and the defining statements for the two factors were later interpreted. Findings: both factors seemed to represent experiences of psychological trust and a feeling of team work along with the midwifery student. Both factors indicated the importance of quality in the relation. Factor one represented experiences of presence and emotional support in the relationship. It also represented a feeling of personal growth for the women. Factor two was defined by experiences of predictability in the relation and process, as well as the feeling of interdependency in the relation. According to quality in the relation, women defining factor two experienced that the content, not only the continuity in the relation, was important for the birth experience. Key conclusions: relational continuity is a key concept in the context of a positive birth experience. Quality in the relation gives the woman a possibility to experience positivity during the childbearing process. Continuity in care and personal growth related to birth promote empowerment for both the woman and her partner. Relational continuity gives an opportunity for midwives to provide care in a more holistic manner. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Timmins F.,The College of Nursing and Midwifery
Nursing Management | Year: 2011

Communication is a fundamental element of care at every level of nursing practice. It is important, therefore, for nurse managers to create environments that promote and encourage good communication, and help nurses to develop their communication skills formally and informally. This article discusses the effects of communication on the quality of care. It examines nurses' professional duty to maintain good communication skills and how managers can help them do this. It also discusses nurse managers' communication skills in the context of leadership style, conflict resolution and self-awareness. Finally, it considers the notion of shared governance as good practice.

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