When Laura and I started the 2RNs, our mission was to prepare children and their families for surgery and medical encounters. Our “Surgery Day” book and website, 2RNs.org, does just that.
In our daily work as preoperative and postoperative pediatric nurses, we thought we could see the difference being prepared can make on a family’s surgical experience. We wanted to find out if there was research that proves it.
Hearing that your child needs surgery or that they have a medical condition can be stressful. The research we found shows that this stress can cause fear, anxiety, eating and/or sleeping problems, and even behavior changes in your child.
The good news is research proves that preparation can reduce some of the potential negative consequences of being under stress. It can also help promote a child’s long-term coping and adjustment skills which can positively affect how they will react to future medical encounters.
For those of you who are interested, below you will find a listing of some of the research studies and articles we uncovered lending support for the need and benefit of preparation.
Our hope is that whether you are a physician, a nurse, child life specialist, parent, or guardian, that you will find the resources on 2 RNs.org helpful in preparing kids. Check out our children’s and parent’s resource pages, our “Surgery Day” book and if you don’t see what you are looking for, use the contact us page and let us help you find it.
4) Caregivers’ reactions to preoperative procedures in outpatient pediatric surgery. Einstein (Sao Paulo). 2016 Jul-Sep; 14(3): 403–407