Rearing the Child Who is Technology Dependent: Perceptions of Parents and Home Care Nurses
Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
ISSUES AND PURPOSE. Most children who are dependent on technology for survival live with their families at home. This study explores the perceptions of parents and home care nurses regarding rearing the technology-dependent child.
DESIGN AND METHODS. In this qualitative study, interviews were conducted with 16 parents whose child is technology dependent and 15 registered nurses who provided home care.
RESULTS. Rearing the child who is technology dependent is similar to but different from raising other children. Parental communication and negotiation of child-rearing expectations with home care nurses is essential.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. Improved collaboration and communication between parents and nurses may reduce parental stress and enhance development for children who are dependent on technology.