Children's palliative care: examination of a nursing rotation programme


Children's palliative care: examination of a nursing rotation programme


Whiting L; Whiting M; Petty J; O'Grady M


International Journal of Palliative Nursing




Attitude of Health Personnel; Children's hospice; Children's palliative nursing; Clinical Competence; Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing/education; Humans; Job Satisfaction; London; Nursing Staff/education; Pediatric Nursing/education; Program Evaluation; Rotation programmes


An 8-month rotation programme was implemented for five nurses employed in two kinds of children's palliative care environments: hospital wards and hospices. This study reports the views of the nurses completing the rotation. The research drew on appreciative inquiry and involved a pre- and post-rotation interview and questionnaire. Thematic analysis of the interviews revealed seven themes: adjusting to the rotation programme; support mechanisms; being safe; new knowledge and skills; knowledge exchange; misconceptions; future plans. These were supported by the questionnaire findings. Although the nurses identified some frustration at having to undertake competency assessments relating to previously acquired skills, as well as being out of their 'comfort zone', all the participants highly recommended the programme. They commented very positively on the support they received and the overall learning experience as well as the new insight into different aspects of care. In addition, they were able to share their newfound knowledge and expertise with others.


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Whiting L; Whiting M; Petty J; O'Grady M, “Children's palliative care: examination of a nursing rotation programme,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed February 3, 2023,

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