Assessing ambiguity at the family-nurse boundary interface in pediatric health crisis

Patricia S. Tomlinson, Bonnie Lee Harbaugh

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This article discusses the conceptualization and measurement of family-nurse relationships in pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) from the perspective of family systems and boundaries. The 14 items for the Family-Nurse Boundary Ambiguity Scale for PICU (FNBAS-PICU) were developed from a qualitative study. Nurse panels established face and content validity. Parents (156) from four PICUs participated in reliability estimates (Cronbach's alpha =. 81) and validity testing with measures of illness uncertainty and role alteration stress. Principal components analysis confirmed the conceptual intent of the FNBAS-PICU.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-410
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of pediatric nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2004

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Funding Information:
Support was provided by the Bean Foundation, Minneapolis Children's Health Care, to the first author. The second author was supported by an Individual National Research Service Award, Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Institute of Nursing Research (1F3NRO6876-01A1).

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