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Nursing (M.S.N.)

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College of Nursing


The purpose of this study was two-fold. First, was to examine the relative importance of needs of hospitalized adolescents. Second, was to measure perceived satisfaction with five selected developmental needs. This study was a replication of earlier work by Gusella, Ward, and Butler (1998). A descriptive design was utilized to answer the research questions. Fifteen hospitalized adolescents admitted to the general pediatrics unit provided the data for this study. Data analysis using summative means was performed to rank and compare importance and perceived satisfaction. Adolescents ranked medical information as their most important need during hospitalization followed by mobility, visits from friends and family, independence, privacy, education, recreational needs, and meeting other teens in the hospital. Overall, a high level of satisfaction was reported with the five selected developmental needs. The findings of this study have important implications for nursing and other healthcare professionals as they interact with adolescents.


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