A1 Journal article – refereed
Parents' Experiences of Support in NICU Single-Family Rooms

List of Authors: Liu LSXY, Mozajarinia M, Axelin A, Feeley N
Publication year: 2019
Journal: Neonatal Network
Journal name in source: NEONATAL NETWORK
Journal acronym: NEONATAL NETW
Volume number: 38
Issue number: 2
Number of pages: 10
ISSN: 0730-0832
eISSN: 1539-2880

Purpose: This study aimed to explore support for mothers and fathers in single-family rooms (SFRs) of a NICU.Design: A qualitative descriptive design was employed.Sample: A convenience sample of 15 parents (nine mothers, six fathers) were recruited from a Level III NICU.Method: During their infants' hospitalization, each parent recorded their thoughts and feelings regarding support whenever appropriate over a period of 48 hours using Handy Application to Promote Preterm infant happY-life (HAPPY), an android recording application.Results: Parents felt supported when staff facilitated their learning in a collaborative manner, fostered their optimism, and provided situational assistance. Continuity and consistency of care and presence were important characteristics of supportive nursing care. Though SFRs offered privacy for parents to learn and to be with their infants, the design limited parental access to nursing and medical staff, which sometimes prevented parents from receiving adequate support and partaking in decision making concerning their infants' care.

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