As nursing students interested in careers in pediatric nursing, we wanted to understand the implications and evidence-based research behind having parents present during their child’s invasive procedures and how it corresponds to safe nursing practice and improved patient/parent satisfaction. We conducted a literature review of the current research and literature from the last five years, including randomized controlled trials, literature reviews, qualitative descriptive studies and reports of expert committees. We found that the choice for parents to decide whether they are present during their child’s procedure corresponded to higher levels of satisfaction with their child’s overall care. While parental presence did not improve the child’s experience, it did allow parents to move from a bystander role into a more active role in their child’s care. Based on our findings, we found there is enough evidence to change current practices.
Abbigail Erb is a senior nursing student at Kent State Stark. After she graduates, she hopes to obtain a job working as a nurse within pediatrics, and one day obtaining her masters degree to become a pediatric acute care nurse practitioner.
Stephanie Hann is a third year nursing student at Kent State Stark and is the mother of three young children. After she graduates, she plans to provide high quality nursing care to children and their families in the hospital setting.
Regina Hershberger is currently a junior in the nursing program at Kent State Stark. After graduation, she hopes to work in pediatric or obstetric nursing care. Regina and her husband have five children who keep their lives busy. Sheenjoys reading, anything home decorating/renovation related and spending time with her family.
Jasmine Hye, a third year nursing student, is a mom of three. She believes in a healthy lifestyle and tries to pursue it as much as possible despite the stressors that come along with nursing school. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the emergency room or pediatrics out of state.