University of Surrey

Test tubes in the lab Research in the ATI Dance Research

The experiences of oncology and palliative care nurses when supporting parents who have cancer and dependent children

Arber, Anne and Odelius, Ann-Christine (2017) The experiences of oncology and palliative care nurses when supporting parents who have cancer and dependent children Cancer Nursing.

[img] Text
openaccessfinal.docx - Accepted version Manuscript
Restricted to Repository staff only until 13 April 2018.
Available under License : See the attached licence file.

Download (49kB)
[img]
Preview
Text (licence)
SRI_deposit_agreement.pdf
Available under License : See the attached licence file.

Download (33kB) | Preview

Abstract

Background: It is important not to ignore the impact of parental cancer on children and this is where oncology and palliative care nurses can play a key role; providing support to parents as a regular aspect of oncological nursing care. Objectives: This study explored the experience, needs and confidence of nurses working in acute cancer services when supporting parents with cancer who have dependent children. Methods: Two focus group interviews were conducted with oncology and palliative care nurses in one acute hospital trust in the south of England. Results: Nurses described how they identified with their patients as a parent themselves. This identification with patients added to the emotionally charged context of care and resulted in nurse avoidance of the troubling issue of dependent children. Nurses identified the importance of peer support with regular opportunities to reflect on practice when dealing with issues relevant to parents and children. Conclusions: Oncology and palliative care nurses take a reactive approach to family centred care, taking their cue from patients to initiate or request support for their children. Implications for Practice: Guidance was needed on children's developmental stages and how to communicate with children of different ages. Additionally, guidance was needed on assessing family needs and access to up to date resources. To enable nurses to engage with the issue of children, strategies of peer support and further educational opportunities need to be implemented.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Health Sciences
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Arber, AnneA.Arber@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Odelius, Ann-ChristineAnn-Christine.Odelius@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 13 April 2017
Identification Number : 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000491
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright (C) 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved
Related URLs :
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 10 Feb 2017 11:23
Last Modified : 19 Jul 2017 09:59
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/813510

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year


Information about this web site

© The University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, United Kingdom.
+44 (0)1483 300800