Mothering a hospitalized child: it’s the 'little things' that matter
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Citation:Gasquoine, S. E. (2005). Mothering a hospitalized child: it’s the 'little things' that matter. Journal of Child Health Care, 9(3), 186-195.
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This paper reports one aspect of a phenomenological study that described the lived experience of mothering a child hospitalised with acute illness or injury (Gasquoine, 1996). The significance for mothers of nurses doing the ‘little things’ emerged in considering the implications of the findings of my study for nurses in practice. Seven mothers who had experienced this crisis within twelve months of the first interview agreed to share their stories. The resulting data were analysed and interpreted using van Manen's (1990) interpretation of phenomenology. This description of mothering in a context of crisis is useful in the potential contribution it makes to nurses' understanding of mothers' experience of the hospitalisation of their children. It supports the philosophy of family-centered care and highlights the ability of individual nurses to make a positive difference to a very stressful experience by acknowledging and doing 'little things' because it is the little things that matter to the mothers of children in hospital.