Marletta Giuseppe* and Sanna Piera
Department of Chemical Sciences, University of Parma, ItalyFulltext PDF
Background: The nursing uniform model has constantly changed and nowadays it represents a distinctive sign that characterizes the nurse’s professional identity and recognition. The nursing uniform can provoke various positive or negative perceptions in patients particularly if we are talking about children, in these cases it can cause fear and fright, representing in the worst case an obstacle to communication.
Objective: To evaluate the effects of an adapted nursing uniform model on children, their appreciation and reduction of fear.
Methods: We conducted a survey in an pediatric Italian hospital setting, showing several pictures with various models of adapted nursing uniforms (characteristics and pictures drawn by cartoons and popular videogames) to a sample of 50 children asking them to choose their favorite one. We also observed the behavior and their attitude (non-verbal communication and gestures).
Conclusion: Our findings seemed determine that a nursing uniform adapted, in accordance with the preferences of children could facilitate the approach to the pediatric patient, dialogue and contact and brought the nurse closer to the child, almost as a playmate. This study represents a further contribute of how effective the use of a nursing uniform shaped on the characteristics pleasing to children can be.
Nursing uniform; Health professionals; Sick children
Giuseppe M, Piera S. Can an ‘Unusual’ Model of Nursing Uniform Facilitate the Contact between Health Professionals and Sick Children? Nurs Stud Pract Int. 2018;1(1):1001.