Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Andrea Bostrom

Second Advisor

Donna Larson

Third Advisor

Sandra Portko


The purpose of this study was to (a) identify the perceived needs of parents of critically ill hospitalized children, (b) identify parental needs as perceived by critical care nurses, and (c) identify the differences in these perceptions.; A descriptive research design with a non-probability convenience sample was used. The sample consisted of 30 parents or primary caretakers of critically ill children and the responses of 30 pediatric critical care nurses. Data were obtained by a structured interview technique. Data analysis included a comparison of the relationship of parental total scores and the nurses' total scores. No significant differences were found between the two groups by a two-tailed paired t-test.; The specific perceived needs identified by the parent and nurse were analyzed using rank ordering of needs and the Wilcoxon matched-pairs signed ranks test. The parents and nurses identified similar needs; however, significant differences were identified between parent/nurse matched pairs.


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