Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to understand perspectives of pediatric nurses concerning about children with cancer applying complementary health practices in different culture.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to promote the family-centered care to involve children’s families in holistic child care.
Methods: Qualitative research method was conducted in this study. A purposive sample of eighteen Taiwanese pediatric nurses was selected to participate in in-depth audio-taped interviews. A semi-structured interview guide was applied to explore and obtain the data from each participant. Data were analyzed by Colaizzi's (1978) method as a qualitative content analysis. Data collection and data analysis proceeded simultaneously. Additionally, credibility, transferability, dependability, and confirmability were assessed and enhanced the rigorousness of this study (Lincoln & Guba, 1985).
Results: The findings demonstrated that pediatric nurses perspectives of providing complementary health practices for children with cancer by families. Three main themes and ten sub-themes emerged among Taiwanese pediatric nurses, as follows: (1) Supplement and alternative therapy for the mainstream medical cares (ameliorating the difficulties of mainstream medicine incapability, furnishing with humanity care, improving diversification in care, leading the atmosphere of prevention is better than cure); (2) Ways of delivering heartily concerns for children from their families (attachment by touching, being aside, love transmitted by preparing food, caring delivered by transportation ); and (3) Balancing the score in health care (making up deficiencies caused by mainstream medical cares, gentle and slowly to recover children’s Yuen-Chi ).
Conclusion: Findings of this study provided information for pediatric nursing professionals in using complementary health practices for children with cancer by families. They showed that complementary health practices are needed to achieve pediatric nursing goals to provide a high quality cares which meet children with cancer and their families’ needs. It is essential for pediatric nurses to promote the family-centered care to involve their families in holistic child care.
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