Child Health Nurs Res.  2022 Jul;28(3):197-207. 10.4094/chnr.2022.28.3.197.

Differences in the perceptions of partnership between nurses and mothers of children in a pediatric intensive care unit in South Korea: a qualitative study

  • 1Graduate Student, Department of Nursing, Yonsei University Graduate School; Clinical Nurse Educator-Pediatric, Department of Nursing, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea
  • 2Professor, College of Nursing, Korea University, Seoul, Korea


The purpose of this study was to investigate how pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) nurses and the mothers of hospitalized children perceived their partnership and identify the detailed differences in the common domains of partnership between them.
A qualitative descriptive design with semi-structured and open-ended interviews was used. Interviews with mothers of hospitalized children and nurses in the PICU were conducted at a national university hospital in South Korea.
Five integrated categories were identified concerning nurses' and mothers' perceptions of partnership. Five common domains were derived by merging the partnership categories perceived by each PICU mother and nurse: expectation of trust, sharing and communication, participation in care, equality in the relationship, and coordination of opinion However, there were significant differences in the composition of the categories of these common domains.
These results may facilitate more effective partnerships between parents and PICU nurses. Efforts should be taken to promote the formation of trust between nurses and parents and create an environment that is conductive to regular open communication in particular, steps should be taken to reduce gaps in awareness concerning this partnership and information sharing, nursing methods, and decision-making.


Partnership practice; Pediatric intensive care unit; Pediatric nurse; Mother; Qualitative research
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