A newborn is admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) with multiple heart defects. How can the nurse support the patient and her parent's needs?

Offer the parents opportunities to get involved.
Provide support during the grieving process by encouraging involvement.


• The nurse should provide emotional support to the parents while encouraging them to support their child and be involved with their child's care.

• Parents need to be able to touch their child to provide comfort to them and the child.

• Never assume somebody knows about a certain illness or disease. Begin by asking what their understanding is of their condition.

• Telling parents they need to know everything may frighten them and place too much pressure on them.

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