Child-Centred Nursing: Promoting Critical Thinking

Author: Bernie Carter


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  • ISBN: 9781446248607
  • Author: Bernie Carter
  • Publ Date: 2014-03-29
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  • Pages: 192
  • Imprint: SAGE *#
  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 241682

Table of Contents :

Approaches to Nursing Children, Young People and their Families Children's and Young People's Position and Participation in Society, Health Care and Research Consulting and Informing Children and Young People Children and Young People Having Choices and Making Health Decisions How Settings Shape Children's and Young People's Care Understanding Children's and Young People's Experiences of Illness Examining Practice: Improving the Care of Children and Young People Closing Thoughts: Celebrating Success and Aspiring for Better


Taking a unique approach to the study of children's nursing, this book tackles the broad, overarching issues which are essential to contemporary practice chapter by chapter. The authors focus on critically analysing research, evidence and theory, to help students meet the needs of the new degree curriculum. Clinical case studies are included in every chapter, as are opportunities for reflection and review, creating clear links between academic theory and professional practice. Core themes addressed across the book include promoting health, safeguarding children and parenting. It will be essential reading for pre-registration child nursing students across the UK and internationally.


As would be expected of a book by Bernie Carter and her team, this book is highlighted by insight, clarity and advocacy for children. The book's pattern of providing a case scenario as a reference point for each discussion is a good one, as is the critical thinking exercise which accompanies each chapter. Carter is well known for her sensitivity and her insistence that children are their own agents, and this comes through strongly in the book. The book benefits from the range of authors who are able to bring perspectives from across a wide spectrum. I would recommend the book highly to children's and young people's nurses, students of paediatrics, and other health professionals who are interested in the wellbeing of children across all health care and research settings. It will also be good for children and parents who want an insight into what is needed when a child is using a health service of any kind. -- Linda Shields, Professor of Nursing I love the passionate way in which this book inspires the reader to take an active critical thinking approach to explore and challenge the current key concepts in children's nursing.' -- Lisa Abbott, Child Nursing Field Lead, Birmingham City University Essential reading for any children's nurse in practice or education, this book reviews the development of key principles underpinning the care of children and their families beyond family centred care, to re-focus attention on the child, within the context of their family. Its authoritative analysis, embedded case studies and critical thinking challenges make this very readable text a valuable contribution to professional development. -- Dr Sarah Neill, Associate Professor in Children's Nursing, University of Northampton This is a thought provoking comprehensive publication that encourages the reader to explore and critically appraise key elements of child centred nursing. -- Alison Warren, Lecturer Practitioner, Clinical Skills and Simulation (Child Health), Birmingham City University At this time of transition and flux within health and social care, this timely book encourages children's nurses to reflect on their practice, to challenge existing understanding, beliefs and roles and strive for the best services that enable the child to achieve their 'potential'. -- Nathalie Turville, Senior Lecturer, Birmingham City University Child Centred Nursing approaches the complex, multi-faceted task of nursing children, young people and their families from the perspective of children as their own agents. Discussions include children's position in society and how that frames the way they are involved in health care and decision making, children's right to participate, be informed and make choices and how the places, spaces and technologies of care impact on their experience of illness. -- Book Me

Author Biography:

Bernie Carter is Professor of Children's Nursing at the University of Central Lancashire and Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust in the United Kingdom. She is a Clinical Professor at the University of Tasmania and Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Child Health Care. She was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing in recognition of her contributions to the field of children's pain. Bernie's research and writing focuses on children's pain experiences and the assessment of children's pain. She is particularly interested in improving the lives of children with complex health care needs and life limiting/threatening illness. Bernie's research work draws particularly on narrative and appreciative inquiry and on arts-based methods as a means of engaging with children and eliciting stories of their experiences, hopes, beliefs and concerns. Bernie believes that stories are at the heart of the connections we make with children, families and their experiences of pain.


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