Nurses' perceptions and attitudes toward family-centered care in acute pediatric care settings in Jordan
Journal of Pediatric Nursing
School of Nursing and Midwifery
University of Jordan, Ammam, Jordan
Purpose: Perceptions and attitudes toward working with parents may influence nurses' family-centered clinical care practices. There is a paucity of research measuring family-centered care among nurses working with children and their parents in Jordan. The purpose of this study was to explore nurses' perceptions of family-centered care by examining nurses' attitudes toward working with children and their parents, as well as toward family-centeredness. Also investigated was the extent to which the selected demographic characteristics of nurses explain the discrepancies between their child- and parent-focused attitudes. Design and methods: Using a cross-sectional descriptive study, 246 nurses completed the ‘Working with families’ questionnaire. A paired t-test used to compare the working with children versus working with parents' attitude scores, and independent t-test and ANOVA to explore the influence of nurses' demographic characteristics attitude scores. Results: The nurses scored higher for working with children than with parents, suggesting more positive attitudes toward the former than the latter (p < 0.001). The family-centeredness scores varied with nurses' years of clinical experience (p < 0.001) and years of employment (p < 0.005). Conclusions: The applicability of the family-centered care model in Jordan's hospitals is challenged by the fact that pediatric nurses register more positive attitudes for working with children than with parents. Practice implications: Nurses' attitude toward working with children's families requires more evaluation prior to implementing family-centered care in practice. Further research is needed to explore factors contributing to discrepancies between child- and parent-focused attitudes among nurses.
Razeq, N. M. A., Arabiat, D. H., & Shields, L. (2021). Nurses' perceptions and attitudes toward family-centered care in acute pediatric care settings in Jordan. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 61, 207-212. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2021.05.018