Empowerment of parents in the neonatal intensive care unit by neonatal nurses

  • A Herbst
  • C Maree
Keywords: empowerment, parents, neonatal intensive care nursing, neonatal nurses


Parents of infants who are admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) need to be empowered to improve bonding, attachment and care-giving skills. Neonatal nurses play a critical role in the empowerment of such parents, but often find it difficult due to a lack of clarity on how it has to be done. A qualitative contextual study, on which this article is reporting, was conducted to describe the parents' needs and suggestions for empowerment as obtained from parents. This was presented to purposive selected neonatal nurses during a workshop to derive guidelines for empowerment of parents in an NICU..

Keywords: empowerment; parents; neonatal intensive care nursing; neonatal nurses

Health SA Gesondheid Vol. 11 (3) 2006: pp. 3-12

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