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Correspondence should be addressed to Weihua Zhang; wzhang3@emory.edu

Academic Editor: Linda Moneyham

The authors wish to thank the nurses who participated in the bereavement workshop and study.

Subject:

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

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Journal Title:

Nursing Research and Practice

Volume:

Volume 2013

Publisher:

, Pages 1-5

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Article | Final Publisher PDF

Abstract:

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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© 2013 Weihua Zhang and Betty S. Lane

This is an Open Access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).

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