Exploring Nurses' Perceptions on the use of Kangaroo Mother Care to Reduce Pain During Heel Lance Procedures
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Infants in the NICU undergo many painful procedures and literature supports KMC as an effective intervention to diminish pain however, it is not used routinely in NICUs. The purpose of this qualitative study is to provide NICU nurses an opportunity to describe their experience of utilizing KMC for pain, and to interpret this experience with the goal of generating patterns that explain this understanding. The findings can be used to formulate interventions that foster the use of KMC. Using Interpretive Description as a philosophy of inquiry and research methodology, 8 NICU nurses were interviewed and participated in a focus group. Four patterns emerged: (1)”Seeing is Believing”; (2) Human Heartedness: “It’s the Least I can do”; (3) Playing it Safe; and (3) Creating the Possibility within Constraints.