Child Health and Development Nursing

Machiko Suzuki RN, PHN, PhD, Professor
     We focus on nursing of medically dependent children and their families in terms of teaching professional knowledge and care techniques and developing nursing assessment and nursing practice abilities in order to understand the growth/development and living environments of children in the context of the falling birthrate, and help such children and their families maintain and improve their health for life. We aim to develop child/family-aiding strategies based on nursing trends in child/family-oriented theories and literature, and on the roles of child health and development nursing specialists in collaboration with related areas such as sociology, healthcare, welfare, and education.

Research and Education

For children and their families to maintain and improve their health for life, it is important to practice nursing that targets diseases in adults, who nurture the next generation after completing their own developmental course. Thus, we provide research guidance focused on the following:
1) Development of self-help (then independence) measures for disabled children with refractory diseases, long-term hospitalized children highly dependent on medical support such as mechanical ventilation, and home-care children living in the community, as well as childrearing support for their families;
2) development of network models to support abused children and families facing child abuse/death;
3) identification of ideal collaboration with various specialists in school education (for both normal and disabled children) and clarification of the professional functions and roles of nurses; and
4) development of nursing-care methods for children with cancer.

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①Suzuki (the second from the right) visited a 42-year-old male patient with muscular dystrophy who had been home-cared on 24-hour mechanical ventilation for 19 years in NJ, USA, with Dr. Bach, a world authority on NIPPV, and his co-researchers to seek measures to promote self-help.

②ecture meeting
“Hiromi looked very pleased with the mini-live, smiling all the time. Although I was sorry for Dr. Hatakeyama, I could not help laughing because there was a considerable difference between his lecture and attitude. His talk about ‘prior reading’ was very suggestive. With no apparent tiredness, Hiromi is now taking a lesson using the switch. We look forward to another opportunity to meet challengers and let them refresh our minds and energize us.”In a community-support event held since 2000 in Hiroshima Prefecture for home-care children/adults highly dependent on medical support such as mechanical ventilation.

Publications

1.Machiko Suzuki (March 2007): Ideal support for self-help in home-care children on mechanical ventilation — a review of actual conditions in Chugoku and Shikoku areas and a model case in New Jersey; Child Health Research, 66(2), 315-321.

2.Machiko Suzuki (July 2006): The current status of pediatric rehabilitation in foreign countries; Pediatric Nursing, 29(8), 1137-1140.

3.Machiko Suzuki (2006): Seeking ideal home-visit nursing to support home care; Home-Visit Nursing and Nursing Care, 11(2), 139-148.

4.Machiko Suzuki (2006): Building home-care support systems for children under prolonged treatment; Nursing Education, 47(5), 389-393.

5.Machiko Suzuki (2004): A home-care support system model for children in extremely severe conditions — 1st report: activities and results by the “review board” in the whole community; Child Health Research, 63(5), 583-589.

Laboratory

Professor:Machiko Suzuki
Assistant Professor:Kanako Kiyokawa
URL:http://www.hs.med.kyoto-u.ac.jp/childcare/