Children’s experiences of staying in hospital from the perspectives of children and children’s nurses: A narrative review

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Aim: This review presents a narrative overview of the existing literature relating to the child’s experience of being admitted to hospital from the
perspectives of children in hospital and children’s nurses who provide the majority of their care.
Methods: A narrative review of the literature was undertaken-relevant work was identified through a process of selection using a broad time
period, key search terms and a number of appropriate data bases. Data was initially extracted from each study using a data extraction sheet which
identified the author(s), date and source of publication, study design, key findings, limitations and recommendations. The extracted data was then
added to a summary table and based on this key dominant themes were identified. These provided the foundation for the formulation and the
synthesis of a coherent narrative. There were 51 papers included in the review.
Findings: The review therefore presents the views of two groups-(1) children who stayed overnight and (2) children’s nurses. The main findings
of the narrative review are organized thematically. The views of nurses caring for the child in hospital suggest challenges exist within time
restraints (to provide care), communication skills and an environment which may isolate and separate the child from their family and other
children. The main themes emerging in respect of the hospital experience of children are represented as relating to communication, environment/
ward design, play, isolation/separation and the child’s relationship with family and children’s nursing to be particularly important to the child in
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to) 62-70
Number of pages9
JournalNursing and Health Care
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2019


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