General Topic ArticlesPartnership With Parents of Technology-Dependent Children Clarification of the ConceptMendes, Michele A. PhD, RN, CPN Author Information College of Nursing, East Carolina University, Greenville. Correspondence: Michele A. Mendes, PhD, RN, CPN, College of Nursing, East Carolina University, 2122 Health Sciences Building, Mail stop 162, Greenville, NC 27858 ([email protected]). The author has disclosed that he has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Advances in Nursing Science 39(1):p 85-93, January/March 2016. | DOI: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000106 Buy Metrics Abstract A strategy based on the Hybrid Model of Concept Development was used to integrate previous concept analyses and research with data from interviews with parents and nurses caring for children dependent on technology to clarify the concept. Partnership was generally described positively in the literature, but some cautions were noted. Six characteristics of partnering were identified from the fieldwork data: respect, flexibility, caring professionalism, communication, acknowledgment of parental control, and support for parents. The concept of participation is clarified and extended to a unique area of nursing practice, the care of children dependent on technology in the home. Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.