Care to hospitalized children: reflections about parents' participation

The care of a child admitted in the hospital is going through meaningful changes and, in a more actual approach, the main strategy seems to stimulate parents or relatives to stay with their children in the hospital. The purpose of this study is to analyse parents' participation in the process of staying in the hospital with their children. We have chosen the qualitative method and used as a theoretic - methodological reference the Model of Technological Work Organization. Based on the process of work, we have pointed out that bringing mothers to the ward is not so simple as it interferes in the reorganization of the work at the theoretical and practical levels. Concepts such as co-operation and partnership are built, however, sharing knowledge, power and room is not a simple action. It implies in changes of values and postures by parents and professionals.

hospitalized child; parenteral participation; paediatric nursing

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