Promoting Neonatal Staff Nurses' Comfort and Involvement in End of Life and Bereavement Care

  • Zhang W
  • Lane B
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Background . Nurses who provide end of life and bereavement care to neonates and their families are potentially at risk for developing stress-related health problems. These health problems can negatively affect nurses’ ability to care for their patients. Purpose . Nurses need to be knowledgeable about end of life and bereavement issues to provide quality care. This study sought to evaluate the effect of a bereavement seminar on the attitudes of nurses regarding end of life and palliative care of neonates. Design . A convenience sample of fourteen neonatal nurses completed a Bereavement/End of Life Attitudes about Care of Neonatal Nurses Scale after a bereavement seminar designed to provide information on end of life care. A pre- and posttest design with an intervention and control group was used to assess changes in nurse bereavement attitudes in relationship to comfort, role, and involvement. Results . After bereavement seminar, the seminar attendees had higher levels of comfort in providing end of life care than nurses in the control group ( t=−0.214 ; P = 0.04). Discussion . Nurses' comfort levels can be improved by attending continuing education on end of life care and having their thoughts on ethical issues in end of life care acknowledged by their peers.

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Zhang, W., & Lane, B. S. (2013). Promoting Neonatal Staff Nurses’ Comfort and Involvement in End of Life and Bereavement Care. Nursing Research and Practice, 2013, 1–5. https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/365329

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