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Title: Children's views of the paediatric ward environment
Authors: Bugeja, Lara
Keywords: Paediatric nursing -- Malta
Hospital wards -- Malta
Nursing -- Malta
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: Bugeja, L. (2007). Children's views of the paediatric ward environment (Bachelor's dissertation).
Abstract: As children represent our future society their views on hospital ward environment carries some change of responsibilities on our present generation. This study is a descriptive non experimental research design, carried out to investigate children's views of the paediatric ward environment. The research undertaken included 20 children from a paediatric surgical ward at St.Luke's Hospital. A questionnaire was used as a tool. Disposition to the subjects was made available through the nursing officers and consent for their participation was obtained from their respective parents. From the study conducted, the nurse emerged as the person most valued by the children from all the hospital staff. Moreover, it transpired that both doctors and nurses are perceived by children as good communicator. Throughout the study, the parents' role played an integral part. Their physical presence and support imparted a positive impact on children's health. When it comes down to the ward physical environment, this survey showed that children are quite aware of their surroundings. In fact, when questioned, some children identified certain items in their ward that need to be changed. Play too featured prominently in this research study. It not only distracts the child from his/her present illness, but provides a temporary escapism from the frustration of hospitalization. These findings are discussed in relation to the literature and possible factors that could have led to these results are identified. Appropriate recommendations are also given.
Description: B.SC.(HONS)NURSING
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacHSc - 2007
Dissertations - FacHScNur - 2007

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