What sort of nurse are you? Nursing in a social care setting: Looked After Children's views and stories

Graham-Ray, Lin (2020) What sort of nurse are you? Nursing in a social care setting: Looked After Children's views and stories. Professional Doctorate thesis, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust / University of East London. Full text available

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Abstract

There is a general recognition that the role of the Looked after Children’s (LAC) nurse has positively influenced the health of looked after children. Yet, there is a paucity of literature available regarding the nurse, and specifically a lack of understanding of how the role of the nurse is understood and experienced by children and young people who are looked after. The research adopts a qualitative, psychosocial approach to exploring and understanding how children and young people experience the LAC nurse. The Free Association Narrative Interpretative method (FANI) was the chosen methodology used to interview three Looked After Children and three Care Leavers on two separate occasions. Their narratives were voice recorded and transcribed, then analysed systematically through the FANI method and further analysed using thematic analysis. The findings are split into four domains, the young person, the nurse, the relationship and the system. The findings demonstrate the significance of how the young people relate to the nurse and centrality of the nurse in providing a maternal archetypal care to the young people and the role the nurse occupies in the system. The significance of loss in the lives of the young people is a main finding along the enormity of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) being interlinked and interwoven in the young people’s experience. What develops out of these findings is a conceptualisation of a trauma informed model of nursing for Looked After Children. Recommendations are made for future practice and dissemination to interdisciplinary fields.

Item Type: Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Additional Information: Thesis is submitted in partial fulfilment of a Professional Doctorate in Social Care and Emotional Well Being awarded by the University of East London, in collaboration with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
Uncontrolled Keywords: Professional Doctorate in Social Care and Emotional Well Being, D50
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Care Services
Groups & Organisations > Occupational Groups
Health and Medical Sciences > Patient Care
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2360

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