Janet E. Rennick, RN, MScN, PhD

Primary Axis: 
Health Outcomes
Research Focus: 

My research focuses on (1) the impact of severe life-threatening illness and exposure to highly invasive, technological care on the child and family; and (2) innovations in care to enhance child comfort and parent involvement during pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) hospitalization, and promote healthy recovery following critical illness. Current research includes: 1) Development of child self-report measures of psychological distress for use following PICU hospitalization; 2) Exploring children’s and parents’ psychological outcomes following critical illness; 3) Identifying predictors of child and parent outcome post-critical illness; 4) Pilot testing a PICU-based comfort intervention aimed at enhancing child comfort and sleep, decreasing anxiety, and preventing psychological sequelae post-discharge.

Keywords: 
Pediatric critical care, pediatric intensive care, psychological outcomes, measurement, invasive procedures, pain, comfort, nursing interventions
Location: 
Montreal Children's Hospital
Publications:
Rennick, J.E., Rashotte, J. (2009). Psychological outcomes in children following pediatric intensive care unit hospitalization: A systematic review of the research. Journal of Child Health Care, 13(2): 128-149. Online version: http://chc.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/13/2/128
Rennick, J.E., McHarg, L.F., Dell’Api, M., Johnston, C.C., Stevens, B. (2008). Developing the children’s critical illness impact scale: Capturing stories from children, parents and staff. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, 9(3), May: 252-260. (See also Editorial comment, pp.336-337)
Johnston, C.C. Gagnon, A., Rennick, J.E., Rosmus, C., Patenaude, H., Ellis, J., Shapiro, C., Filion, F., Ritchie. J., Byron, J. (2007). One-to-One Coaching to Improve Pain Assessment and Management Practices of Paediatric Nurses. Journal of Paediatric Nursing, 22(6), Dec: 467-478

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