Nursing Students' Experiences with Regard to Implementing Family-Centered Care Protocol in Pediatrics

and Objective: Clinical education is considered one of the most important parts of nursing education. There is little interest in family-centered care in education of students. This study was conducted to investigate the nursing students' experiences in family-centered care in 2013. Materials and Methods: Participants were 8 nursing students in their sixth semester who were selected purposely. The principles and concepts of family-centered care and teaching process based on these principles
more » ... developed and implemented. The students' experiences with teaching family-centered care were examined. Interviews with eight nursing students were saturated with these experiences and were analyzed by qualitative content analysis. Results: Based on the analysis of data, three main categories were obtained. The main category of students' eagerness consisted of three subcategories including novelty and attractiveness of family centered care, close connection between theory and practice, and reducing stress. The main category of the barriers to implement family-centered care consisted of the following four subcategories: staff shortage, lack of time, space shortage and personnel unawareness of the concept of family-centered care. The main category of the need to implement family-centered care consisted of three subcategories including the necessity for space replacement, personnel training and paying attention to the parents' role. Conclusion: Family-centered care improves family and infant health and increases students' satisfaction. Also family-centered care is a priority for the Ministry of Health. It is recommended to implement the family-centered care course in undergraduate education.