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Clinical Skills in Children's Nursing$
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Imelda Coyne, Freda Neill, and Fiona Timmins

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199559039

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199559039.001.0001

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Introduction to clinical skills in children’s nursing

Introduction to clinical skills in children’s nursing

(p.3) 1 Introduction to clinical skills in children’s nursing
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Imelda Coyne

Freda Neill

Oxford University Press

This book aims to provide nursing students with information about a broad range of clinical skills that they may use while nursing children. In recognition of the challenges in the healthcare setting, there is now greater emphasis on ensuring that nurses are prepared adequately to deliver safe and competent care, and that nurses are equipped with both the knowledge and practical skills to enable them to perform procedures safely and sensitively for children. This text aims to take account of these issues and serve as an essential resource for nurses and nursing students. Changing trends such as the move away from hospital care, shorter hospital stays, increased use of day surgery and outpatient care, parents undertaking procedures in the home supported by community care teams, and development of primary care services, present challenges to contemporary children’s nursing practice. Technological advances also mean that children now undergo more intensive technical procedures and complex treatment protocols, and the nurse has to be equipped with a diverse range of clinical skills. In this book we try to provide a comprehensive guide by addressing the following themes and challenges: In addition to the fundamental physical clinical skills that are required of a nurse, attention is also drawn to the important psychosocial aspects of skill delivery throughout this book. In particular skills of communication and family centred care are presented as overarching themes. This emphasis is consistent with changing trends in children’s nursing, whereby shorter hospital stays, and increased acuity of children, means that there is now less time to develop a relationship with the child and family, less time to build rapport and trust, which could ultimately impact negatively on the hospital experience for that family. Building relationships, developing trust, and family centred care are pivotal to the success of modern children’s nursing. In an attempt to negate the potential for adverse aspects of hospitalization, increasingly families are encouraged to remain with their child during their hospital stay. This presents a unique challenge for nursing students, who may find themselves daunted by the fact that they are caring for not one child, but both the child and family.

Keywords:   child centred care, family centred care

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