Nurses’ Perceptions of Rooming-In for Caregivers of Infants with CCHD
WellStar School of Nursing
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common congenital defect. Infants with critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) require complex medical care, and their caregivers need extensive training before being discharged home to safely care for their child. The rooming-in process provides caregivers with an opportunity to learn, practice, and manage the skills required for discharge to home during hospitalization. Although the literature reflects positive implications for the use of the rooming-in process in other populations (e.g., neonatal abstinence syndrome), literature about the rooming-in process in a pediatric cardiac care setting is limited. There remains a gap in the literature pertaining to the viewpoints of nurses, specifically as it relates to implementing a rooming-in process. Therefore, a qualitative study design was chosen to explore the nurses' perceptions of the rooming-in process using focus groups. The purpose of this study was to gain insight from nurses as to strategies to enhance the rooming-in process for caregivers of infants with CCHD. Additionally, we explored potential education and interventions to improve outcomes for infants with CCHD preparing to be discharged home.
Journal of Pediatric Nursing
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Shackleford, Jenna; Chambers, Rebecca; Nelson, Jennifer; and Brasher, Susan, "Nurses’ Perceptions of Rooming-In for Caregivers of Infants with CCHD" (2020). Faculty Publications. 4783.