Research and commentary

Nursing assessment of an infant with bronchiolitis

The type of information nurses need to undertake assessments of an infants with bronchiolitis, and how this information is gathered and evaluated.
Bronchiolitis

Davies C, Waters D, Marshall A (2017) The nursing assessment of an infant with bronchiolitis. Journal of Child Health Care. 2, 12, 181-190.

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Aim

To ascertain what type of information nurses need to undertake assessments of an infants with bronchiolitis, and how this information is gathered and evaluated.

Methods

The research design for this qualitative study was naturalistic enquiry. The sample was ten registered nurses working in a children’s unit in Australia, all with a minimum of 12 months’ clinical experience.

Participants and parents gave their consent to the study.

There were two data-collection methods: ‘think aloud’, in which participants explained their actions as they undertook nursing care, and retrospective, which involved interviewing participants within 24 hours of them undertaking care.

To answer all parts of the research question, a combination of thematic and content analysis was

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