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    Nurse perceptions of family home-visiting programs in Australia and England

    Giffard Sawyer, M. and Barnes, Jacqueline and Frost, L. and Jeffs, D. and Bowering, K. and Lynch, J. (2013) Nurse perceptions of family home-visiting programs in Australia and England. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 49 (5), pp. 369-374. ISSN 1034-4810.

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    Abstract

    Aims: Nurse home-visiting programs are employed to enhance the functioning of disadvantaged mothers and young children. Despite the key role played by nurses, there is little empirical evidence describing the views and experiences of nurses who deliver home-visiting programs. This study compared the views and experiences of nurses delivering home-visiting programs in England and South Australia. Methods: Participants were 108 nurses delivering the South Australian Family Home Visiting program (2008 – 2011), and 44 nurses delivering the Family Nurse Partnership program in England (2007 – 2009). Data were collected using a standard questionnaire that was completed by nurses in each country. The questionnaire asked nurses about their level of influence on program outcomes, approaches they used to retain maternal engagement with the home-visiting programs, barriers to effective program delivery and the effectiveness of supervision. Results: Both groups of nurses considered that their greatest influence was improving mothers’ confidence with parenting skills and increasing mothers’ knowledge about children's development. Each group identified quality of nurse-mother relationships as the factor most relevant to retaining maternal engagement. Other influential factors were flexibility of timing for visits and the capacity of the programs to meet specific needs of mothers.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): children, home visits, maternal–child health, nurse perceptions, nurses
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centre: Children, Families and Social Issues, Institute for the Study of
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 01 May 2013 09:59
    Last Modified: 05 Dec 2016 11:52
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5656

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