Current Content
Volume 33, Number 6
November/December 2007

Continuing Nursing Education
Family Centered Care Within An Infant-Toddler Unit
Annmarie Neal, Michelle Frost, Janna Kuhn, Angela Green, Bonnie Gance-Cleveland, Rebecca Kersten

Family centered care (FCC) is an essential component of pediatric nursing. A unit-based FCC Committee was charged with evaluating care on an inpatient infant-toddler unit. The committee adapted the Institute of Family Centered Care survey tools and used them to evaluate parent and staff perceptions of FCC care provided on the unit. The survey tools covered the following areas: environment, nursing care, education, communication, and respect and equality. A convenience sample of 38 parents and 75 staff completed surveys. Families provided significantly more positive responses than the staff did, indicating overall satisfaction with the care received. However, they did identify concerns about educational issues and pain assessment. In contrast, the staff reported more negative perceptions regarding the delivery of FCC, and their primary concern was the unit environment. The FCC Committee used the findings from the survey to first educate the staff and then implement changes to improve the environment and the care delivered.