Mothers' perceptions of nursing support at the time of their children's diagnosis with leukemia
This study was conducted to determine what nursing actions, as perceived by mothers, are considered supportive at the time of their children's diagnosis with leukemia. A private interview consisting of two questions developed by the researcher was utilized to obtain information from 10 mothers. Descriptive statistics were used to analy ze the data. The four classifications of social support as categorized by House (1981) were found to be useful in identifying supportive nursing actions. A total of 140 actions was reported. Those classified as emotional support received the most mention. Instrumental support actions ranked second among reported actions. Informational support was mentioned third most often among reported actions. Appraisal support was mentioned least frequently. Mothers indicated that nurses were very supportive and listed very few actions that were desired by the mothers, but not provided by the nurses.