Caring for Foster Children in the Hospital Setting

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Children who are in the foster care system have already faced adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) placing them at greater risk for chronic health problems as well as a greater likelihood of experiencing traumatic medical stress. Additional challenges exist for children who are in the foster care system and are hospitalized. Biological and foster parents may not be available to support the child during their hospitalization. Procedures may trigger traumatic stress responses from child abuse or neglect. Pediatric nurses are in a unique position to support children in foster care during hospitalizations. Trauma informed care principles provide a guide for empathetic, family-centered nursing care. However, natural supports for children in foster care are often not available requiring nurses to collaborate in multidisciplinary approaches.


Wilmington, DE

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