The Integration of a Specialized Eating Disorders Nurse on a General Inpatient Pediatric Unit Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Eating disorders (EDs) affect approximately 5% of Canadian adolescents. Patients experiencing acute medical complications of their illness are often treated on a general pediatric ward with mixed populations. Twenty-one health care providers shared their experiences caring for youth with EDs and provided feedback regarding the integration of a specialized ED nurse (ED-RN). Findings suggest that an RN and ED-RN model produces consistent care for ED patients and satisfying therapeutic relationships for nurses. ED-RNs caring for youth with EDs need support from their peers, whereas other nurses need training regarding this population. Suggestions for the integration of specialized RN roles are discussed.

publication date

  • October 2012