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Love and Duty:  Issues of concern for nurses when newly physically disabled persons are discharged into the care of families

 

Isabelle Sherrard, BA Massey, (M.Phil. student, Massey)  RGON, Dean Faculty of Health, UNITEC Institute of Technology, Auckland

Reference: Sherrard, I. (1995). Love and Duty:  Issues of concern for nurses when newly physically disabled persons are discharged into the care of families Nursing Praxis in New Zealand 10(3),  29-34

Richmond (1990, p.65)  writes “spinal cord injury occurs not just to the individual but to the entire family.  There exists during crisis the potential for growth for individual family members and the entire family system”.  This article is written from both personal experience and professional interest because little appears to be written in the nursing literature about the family adjustment following discharge from hospital of a person who has a permanent disability following damage to the spinal cord.

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