Nurses in family pediatric practices: A survey of the health protection agency of the metropolitan city of Milan

Elena Nicoletta Bezze, Daniela Morniroli, Martina Farneti, Patrizio Sannino, Roberto Marinello, Maria Enrica Bettinelli, Germana Santini, Laura Plevani, Paola Marchisio, Fabio Mosca, Maria Lorella Giannì

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Purpose: Primary pediatric care in Italy is guaranteed by family pediatricians, who may have their own private offices or work in group clinics that also have nurses/pediatric nurses in order to enrich their offer of services. The aim of this study was to investigate the activities of nurses working in pediatric practices in order to identify and classify the nursing healthcare services offered by the practices themselves. Design and study: An observational study was conducted including nurses working in the pediatricians' offices who voluntarily agreed to undergo a semi-structured interview. The investigated variables were individual, institutional and organizational. The study sample consisted of 22 nurses with a mean age of 39 ± 13.3 years, 16 of whom were pediatric nurses. Results: All of the nurses stated that they had not received suitable training for working outside a hospital, and that they carried out educational, diagnostic/therapeutic, and bureaucratic administrative/support activities. Nine of the nurses working in group pediatric clinics carried out educational activities autonomously, something that the nurses working in individual or associated clinics did not perform. Twenty of the interviewees also provided telephone consultancy, and 11 of the clinics used algorithms as guides. Conclusions/Practice implications: The findings of this study underline the potential of developing the nursing profession at community level. Further studies are desirable in order to extend the investigation of the pediatric nurses' activities implemented at community level in other Italian provinces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Nursing
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Nurse
  • Pediatric patient care
  • Primary pediatric care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics


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