Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
Tehran University of Medical Sciences Press
Vol. 22, No. 2, 2012, pp. 191-196
Bioline Code: pe12034
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Iranian Journal of Pediatrics, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2012, pp. 191-196
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Importance and Availability of Nursing Support for Mothers in NICU: A Comparison of Opinions of Iranian Mothers and Nurses|
Valizadeh, Leila; Zamanzadeh, Vahid; Akbarbegloo, Masumeh & Sayadi, Leila
Objective: The current study was conducted to compare the opinions of mothers and nurses on the
importance and availability of nursing support for parents with premature infants hospitalized in NICU. There
is no overall picture of the nursing support for parents with hospitalized premature infants in Iran. Nurses,
providing care in NICU, must view parent as an essential partner in care. But what is the situation? Assessing
the viewpoints of both parents and nurses regarding the importance and availability of nursing support can
elucidate this situation.
Methods: A comparative descriptive design was used. The population consisted of all mothers with
hospitalized premature newborns in NICU (n=300) and all NICU nurses (n=32) in three teaching hospitals in
Tabriz (Iran), in 2007. Data was collected through the NPST questionnaire. Data analysis was done with SPSS.
Findings: Mann-Whitney test showed that there were significant differences between nurses and mothers on
four subscales of nursing support. Generally, mothers scored every subscale lower than nurses who cared for
them and their children. On the other hand, it could be said that NICU nurses claimed more importance for the
subscales and rated the provided support higher in comparison with mothers who did not think so.
Conclusion: The opinions of the nurses and mothers toward the availability and importance of the nursing
supports in NICU were different. This study provides nurses with concrete information in order to better
understand parents’ need for support and try to meet their expectations, resulting in improved nursing care
in neonatal intensive care units.
Premature Infant; Nursing Support; Mother; Neonatal Intensive Care Units
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