Original Article

Challenges Experienced of Nurses Caring for Syrian Refugee Children


  • Suzan Tek
  • Hülya Karataş
  • Firdevs Erdemir
  • Candan Öztürk

Received Date: 05.12.2019 Accepted Date: 19.06.2020 Cyprus J Med Sci 2021;6(1):74-79


This study was carried out to determine the challenges experienced by the nurses providing care to Syrian pediatric patients.


This study was conducted on 13 nurses working in newborn service, preschooler and school-age children service, pediatric service, and newborn intensive care service of a hospital that provides care for Syrian pediatric patients in a city on the Syrian border of Turkey. Data were collected using a semi structured interview form and a focus group method. Themes were determined by content analysis.


Themes that were determined in the study included the challenges arising from communication, life circumstances, cultural differences, and compassion fatigue, and recommendations for overcoming these challenges were made.


The results of this study can be a guide for making the necessary arrangements so that nurses can provide more effective care while working with patients who have similar characteristics, and these results can be a guide for similar problems that may be experienced in different countries.

Keywords: Child, nurses, refugees, focus groups, interview