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The Nurse's Role in Treatment Decisions for the Child With Neurological Impairment

Duffy, Lisa V.

Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: October 2009 - Volume 41 - Issue 5 - p 270-276
doi: 10.1097/JNN.0b013e3181b2c752

Healthcare providers are often faced with ethical dilemmas when making treatment decisions for a child with neurological impairment. Problems may stem from the fact that the wishes of the family may be in opposition to what the healthcare team feels is in the best interest of the child. There are many factors that need to be considered when determining treatment options for the child with neurological impairment. Nurses are in a unique position to advocate for the involvement of the child's family in making these difficult decisions.

Question or comments about this article may be directed to Lisa V. Duffy, PhD(c) CPNP CNRN, at She is a pediatric nurse practitioner at the Department of Neurology, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA.

© 2009 American Association of Neuroscience Nurses