The goal of this continuing education program is to familiarize nurses with parental reactions to having a child with special healthcare needs and how to support those parents. After you study the information presented here, you will be able to —
- Describe the concepts of chronic sorrow, transformed parenting and normalization associated with parenting a child with special healthcare needs.
- Identify parents who are more likely to deny a child’s condition for a longer period of time.
- State two types of support a nurse can provide to parents of children with special healthcare needs.