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Book review: Pragmatic Children’s Nursing: A Theory for Children and their Childhoods

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Pragmatic Childrens Nursing: A Theory for Children and their Childhoods

Duncan Randall | Routledge | 95.00 | 148pp | ISBN: 9781138898066

According to its author, this book represents the first attempt to create a childrens nursing theory that involves giving children with illnesses or disabilities access to childhoods as close as possible to those of their peers.

Presented as an educational process with eight outcome measures, the text presents a conception of childrens nursing that has been overshadowed by adult-focused theories. In doing so, it explores and challenges the triad relationship between children, carers and nurses in the context of healthcare delivery.

The book analyses the moral and ethical implications of pragmatic childrens nursing, and confronts the established ideas of family-centred care. It includes four practical case studies that model how the theory can work in hospital and community settings, and

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Pragmatic Children’s Nursing: A Theory for Children and their Childhoods

Duncan Randall | Routledge | £95.00 | 148pp | ISBN: 9781138898066

Pragmatic Children's Nursing

According to its author, this book represents the first attempt to create a children’s nursing theory that involves giving children with illnesses or disabilities access to childhoods as close as possible to those of their peers.

Presented as an educational process with eight outcome measures, the text presents a conception of children’s nursing that has been overshadowed by adult-focused theories. In doing so, it explores and challenges the triad relationship between children, carers and nurses in the context of healthcare delivery.

The book analyses the moral and ethical implications of pragmatic children’s nursing, and confronts the established ideas of family-centred care. It includes four practical case studies that model how the theory can work in hospital and community settings, and concludes by calling for a new generation of children’s nurses to refocus on the needs of children. 

Overall, this is an outstanding text, a pleasure to read, and one that should appeal to pre-registration and postgraduate nursing students alike.

Author Duncan Randall explains more about his new theory in opinion.

Reviewed by Gillian Priday, staff nurse, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and Doris Corkin, senior lecturer (education), school of nursing and midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast

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