Moving towards moral relational practice

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2012-08-17

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Eastman, Margaret

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This paper is the culmination of my Advanced Practice Leadership project. In it, I present a conceptualization of how I believe the development of trusting relationships between pediatric nurses and families in my practice setting could be enhanced if nurses adopted a morally grounded, theoretical guide to inform their practice. This premise is based on research findings that support theory guided nursing practice and my experience adopting a theoretical perspective to guide my own practice. In addition, there is a need to explore ways to enhance the development of trusting relationships between pediatric nurses and families that care for children living with complex health conditions since these children will access the health care system frequently over their lifetimes. I, therefore, believe that it is essential for pediatric nurses to adopt a morally grounded theoretical practice in order to meet the needs of these children and their families.

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moral practice, relational practice, nursing practice, trust, relationships, pediatric nurse, families

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