Parents' perspectives on "keeping their children safe" in the hospital

Rebecca E. Rosenberg, Peri Rosenfeld, Emily Williams, Beth Silber, Juliette Schlucter, Stella Deng, Gail Geraghty, Susan Sullivan-Bolyai

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This study explored parents' perspectives regarding their involvement in safety for their hospitalized children. We employed qualitative description and semistructured interviews of parents of children in an urban tertiary hospital ward. Content analysis revealed 4 parent themes: risks to child safety and comfort, hospital role as a protector, participation in safety varies by individual and organizational factors, and balancing safety with "speaking up" interpersonal risks. We suggest key concepts to incorporate into staff education and family engagement/safety programs to develop effective partnerships between clinicians and parents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)318-326
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Nursing Care Quality
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016


  • children
  • inpatient
  • partnership
  • patient engagement
  • pediatric quality care
  • safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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