Caring for Children and Families ebook pdf

This text has been written as a resource for those who provide health care for
children and their families. Contributors to the book are experts from a range
of backgrounds – both in practice and academia. The contributors firmly
believe, that the child comes first and foremost; they believe that each child is
a unique person with individual needs and aspirations – this stance is clearly
reflected in each chapter of the book.
Children deserve the best possible care, and this cannot be provided unless
there is an understanding of the context of children’s lives, both in the community
at large and within healthcare settings. The concept of partnership
focuses upon the need to deliver paediatric care in collaboration with the child
and the family.This text encourages the reader to apply this approach to care
delivery in any situation in which they may be working. Chapter 2 emphasises
the importance of this, looking beyond a disease-orientated approach to one
where the child and her or his family are a clear and central unit.
The principal audience of this text are nursing students, and especially those
who are undertaking NVQ/SNVQ, Access to Nursing and Cadet nursing programmes
of study. It is not, however, a comprehensive book about children’s
nursing, and, as a result, the reader is encouraged to identify further topics of
importance that have not been considered here. Within the text the terms
‘nurse’, ‘student’ and ‘nursing’ have been adopted.The terms and the philosophies
applied to this book can be adapted to suit a number of healthcare
workers at various levels and in a range of settings in order to develop caring
The book presents up-to-date information that the aspiring nurse or child
healthcare provider requires in order to begin to understand how to help children
and families, in both the institutional setting (for example the hospital)
and the community (for example the child’s own home).The material is organised
in such a way that it reflects contemporary practice in a user-friendly
manner; in addition, information is related to clinical practice issues that may
be experienced when working with children and their families. It is not envisaged
that the text be read from cover to cover in one sitting; it has been
designed to be used as a reference book (a resource, a reader) either in the
clinical setting, classroom or in your own home.