When parents are faced with the possibility of death or disability from their child's brain tumor, it manifests as a daily crisis. Some seek comfort and reassurance in sharing similar experiences within a support group. These groups have much to offer people who derive support from group interaction. Pediatric neuroscience nurses are in a unique position to coordinate and facilitate the development of a support group for parents of children with brain tumors. Although the literature identifies many reasons people join support groups, little has been explored among parents of children with a life-threatening illness. The literature stresses that the success of a group is in knowing why people attend groups and the ability to address the group's needs.
Questions or comments about this article may be directed to: Susan J. McGee, RN, CRNP, MSN, Pediatric Neurosurgery. Outpatient Service Building. 3rd floor. Children's Hospital Medical Center, 3333 Burnet Avenue. Cincinnati. Ohio 45229- 3039. She is a PNP in Pediatric Neurosurgery.
Karen W. Burkett, RN, CRNP, MS. is a PNP in Pediatric Neurosurgery, Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati. Ohio.
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