NEW YORK NURSE: April 2010
by Toni Heer, MS, RN, University Health Care Center, Department of Pediatrics, Syracuse, New York
Q.: As a pediatric nurse, how can I best meet the special needs of foster care children in my practice?
A.: Children in foster care experience higher rates of physical and emotional problems than those in the general population; the pervasive effects of abuse and/or neglect require comprehensive healthcare services to identify needs, initiate care and provide appropriate individualized, consistent plans of care. A model of care proposed by Pender, Murdaugh, and Parsons (2006) offers a framework for meeting the needs of these children. Some points to
consider when applying this model in practice include:
As nurses, we must consider the child, as well as the family, in a holistic manner – in our planning. This means we must use our entire professional and community-based resources to establish the following comprehensive holistic child-focused interventions: promote life skills training and courses for children and parents; integrate medical services with family support services, and judicial commissions; and align with committed business to promote funding for prevention of child neglect and abuse.
Pender, N.J., Murdaugh, C.L., & Parsons, M.A. (2006). Health promotion in nursing practice (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
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