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Authors

  1. Turner, Kathleen DNP, RN
  2. Frush, Karen MD
  3. Hueckel, Remi DNP, CPNP-AC
  4. Relf, Michael V. PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, AACRN, FAAN
  5. Thornlow, Deirdre PhD, RN, CPHQ
  6. Champagne, Mary T. PhD, RN, FAAN

Abstract

The Care Journal is a tool developed by the Josie King Foundation to promote interactive exchange among providers and patients/families. The Care Journal was implemented in a pediatric intensive care unit, and surveys were administered to assess perceptions about use. Parents who used the Care Journal and nursing staff found it to be a useful tool that improved communication, made parents feel more knowledgeable and empowered, and improved parents' overall perception of the hospital stay.