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Document Type

DNP - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Cynthia Elverson


Family-centered care, pediatric intensive care unit, stress, video-based education


Introduction: Parents of critically ill children undergo a great deal of stress. During a time when parents hope to see their children growing and thriving, parents are faced with life-altering decisions.
Methods: A literature review was conducted that included the following databases: Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), PubMed, PsycINFO, and Google Scholar. Articles were refined and appraised utilizing the Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice (JHNEBP) model. Evidence Findings: Nurses and staff serve as translators of information, providing support and resources to parents during their times of need. Family-centered care (FCC) is an evidence-based approach to including families in the care of their child and providing them with the support and resources they need to decrease parental stress levels. Video-based education is an effective approach to provide parents with standardized information and resources that can be viewed at any time.
Gaps: There are gaps in the literature related to the most effective models of implementation of FCC in intensive care pediatric settings.
Recommendations for Practice: The evidence supports the utilization of videobased education as a component of FCC in an urban children’s hospital pediatric intensive care unit.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Pediatric intensive care.
Pediatric nursing.
Family nursing.



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