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Examining the needs of paediatric nurses caring for children and young people presenting with self-harm/suicidal behaviour on general paediatric wards : findings from a small-scale study

Fisher, G and Foster, C 2016, 'Examining the needs of paediatric nurses caring for children and young people presenting with self-harm/suicidal behaviour on general paediatric wards : findings from a small-scale study' , Child Care in Practice .

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper reports on the process and findings from a small-scale qualitative research study. The study intended to develop an evidence-based care plan/pathway for children and young people in paediatric inpatient settings presenting with self-harm/suicidal behaviour. It includes a critical review of unanticipated challenges of recruiting to the study, and the learning from this process. Design: Data is reported from three data collection strategies. A critical review of literature and policy was undertaken. The Delphi Technique was used to generate clinician-reported evidence from healthcare professionals within a paediatric general ward; caring for children and young people presenting with self-harm/suicidal behaviour. Face to face consultations were undertaken in order to gain greater understanding of challenges to recruitment that were encountered. Results: Despite evidence of participant’s possessing sufficient knowledge to care for young people engaging in self-harm/suicidal behaviour, participants reported discomfort, fear of the consequences of their perceived knowledge gaps, and negative assumptions about the young people. This appears to have directly impacted upon the ward staff’s capacity to engage in the process of developing an evidence-based care plan/pathway. Practice Implications: Recommendations, include bespoke training and support for staff working within general paediatric wards caring for young people who engage in self-harm/suicidal behaviour that accounting for the specific challenges/anxieties faced by nurses within this setting, are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Care plan/pathway, Delphi technique, Paediatric general wards, Paediatric nursing, Self-harm, Suicidal behaviour, Young people, Adolescents
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Child Care in Practice
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1357-5279
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Ms Celeste Foster
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2015 15:42
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2016 10:46
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/36844

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