Nursing Research in the Nicu

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From Outsider to Partner

Grand Canyon University NRS-433V
September 11, 2011
Linnette Nolte, RN

Introduction and Purpose Nearly 400,000 infants are admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) each year. This can be an intensely overwhelming, stressful, and emotionally draining experience for the families and, especially the parents, of the infants requiring care in the NICU. With the help of an emerging care delivery model known as family centered care, health care providers can ease some of the stress during a NICU stay by involving the parents in the cares of their infant. Basic ideas of family centered care include: parental involvement in the cares of their
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The individual being studied provides information on his or her experiences and perceptions, which in turn can be used as a basis for practical theory and implementation of change in policies and actions (Lester, S. 1999). 1b.) With the information provided, this author is unable to identify the expressed interest of the researcher. 1c.) The depth of understanding of the topic on the author’s part is evident throughout the research study. 1d.) The researcher is seeking information regarding the process of maternal development in four domains in this research study. They include: focus, ownership, caregiving, and voice. The results in the focus domain showed that initially a mother with an infant in the NICU is focused on the technology that abounds in the NICU, not her infant. The expertise of the nurses and the language and culture of the surrounding staff also gained most of her attention while the care of her infant was forced into the background. Progression along the focus continuum allowed the fading of technology over time, which allowed the mother to focus fully on her infant. The ownership domain results were in regard to the mother’s view of her relationship with her infant. Overall, the results showed that most mothers considered the infant as belonging to the nurse. The actuality
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