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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 core principles in children’s nursing

Introduction to core principles in children’s nursing

(p.7) 2 Introduction to core principles in children’s nursing
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Imelda Coyne

Joan Livesley

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The aim of this chapter is to discuss the core principles in children’s nursing and the application of these principles in everyday practice for nurses working with children and families. These essential principles are fundamental in the delivery of high quality care and as such will be evident throughout this textbook. This chapter will explain these principles in the context of community and hospital care and illustrate how nurses can use this knowledge in their clinical practice. There is no doubt that clinical skills are an essential component of high quality healthcare, but they are on their own insufficient to ensure that the needs of children and their families are met. Clinical skills need to be embedded in children’s services that are child centred and clearly focused around the needs of children and their families; but how is this possible? To ensure high quality care for children in hospital and the community you need to incorporate the core principles of family centred care into your everyday nursing practice and interventions. It is essential to understand the principles of family centred care and the importance of partnership and negotiation in the delivery of clinical skills. Knowing where to begin can be difficult, but we think that you can start with the concept of attachment and loss. Understanding this in relation to children’s separation from their family and home will help you to understand the impact of hospitalization on children, particularly those younger than five years old. The adverse aspects of hospitalization have been a substantial driving force in delivering more nursing services to children at home. However, it is also important to remain aware of the ongoing impact of lifelong illness on children and their families and why it is essential to use effective communication skills, maintain safe environments, and incorporate play into your practice. Together with evidence-based clinical skills, these facets of practice will enable you to maintain and promote children’s and families’ health and well-being. Specific learning outcomes are as follows. At the end of this chapter you will: ● Understand the basic elements of attachment and loss theory.

Keywords:   advocacy, children’s rights, detachment, family/families, genograms, homeostasis, identity bracelets, maternal deprivation, name bands

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