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Implementation of the Josie King Care Journal in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: A Quality Improvement Project

Turner, Kathleen DNP, RN; Frush, Karen MD; Hueckel, Rémi DNP, CPNP-AC; Relf, Michael V. PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, AACRN, FAAN; Thornlow, Deirdre PhD, RN, CPHQ; Champagne, Mary T. PhD, RN, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e318276da87

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.

Duke University School of Nursing (Drs Turner, Hueckel, Relf, Thornlow, and Champagne) and Duke University Health System (Dr Frush), Durham, North Carolina.

Correspondence: Kathleen Turner, DNP, RN, Box 3322, 307, Trent Dr, Durham, NC 27710 (

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

K.T. received permission from the Josie King Foundation ( to use the Josie King Foundation Care Journal in the project and manuscript. The authors thank the Josie King Foundation, Elizabeth P. Flint, PhD, for editorial suggestions, and Jo Ellen Holt MSN, RN, for graphic assistance.

Accepted for Publication: October 1, 2012

Published online before print: October 31, 2012

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