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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/182984
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Assisting Families Through the Bereavement Process
Author(s):
Spencer, Pamela; Marin, Ana
Author Details:
Pamela Spencer, RN, BSN, University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona, USA, email: pspencer@umcaz.edu; Ana Marin, RNC, BSN
Abstract:
Poster Presentation: The purpose of this project is to assist families by providing bereavement support and resources to those who have lost a loved one at our hospital. An additional goal is to heighten the awareness that nursing care in these circumstances often requires a shift in focus from the dying patient to the surviving family. A lack of bereavement resources and materials was identified. A simple list of funeral homes, included in our death packet, was the only consistent reference given out. Staff also needed education to provide them with skills to open communication in the area of bereavement, as well as for the distribution of resources. A multidisciplinary team of nurses, child life specialists, and social workers met to discuss the problem. Bereavement packets were created and implemented in two critical care units - adult and pediatric. These packets can be personalized to the individual needs of the family, and include references such as community resources, information on grief and loss, information for children, and guidance for funeral and memorial services. Families are also offered keepsakes that vary from locks of hair to paint and plaster handprints of their loved one. Response from families and staff has been overwhelmingly positive. These packets have provided nurses with a tool to acknowledge loss, provide support, and address important bereavement issues. We have now implemented hospital wide education and distribution of the packets, so that bereavement support is acknowledged and provided to all survivors who have had a loved one die at our hospital.
Repository Posting Date:
28-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
28-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2006
Conference Name:
ANCC National Magnet Conference
Conference Host:
American Nurses Credentialing Center
Conference Location:
Denver, Colorado, USA
Description:
10th American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference, held 4-6 October, 2006 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, USA.
Note:
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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAssisting Families Through the Bereavement Processen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSpencer, Pamelaen_US
dc.contributor.authorMarin, Anaen_US
dc.author.detailsPamela Spencer, RN, BSN, University Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona, USA, email: pspencer@umcaz.edu; Ana Marin, RNC, BSNen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/182984-
dc.description.abstractPoster Presentation: The purpose of this project is to assist families by providing bereavement support and resources to those who have lost a loved one at our hospital. An additional goal is to heighten the awareness that nursing care in these circumstances often requires a shift in focus from the dying patient to the surviving family. A lack of bereavement resources and materials was identified. A simple list of funeral homes, included in our death packet, was the only consistent reference given out. Staff also needed education to provide them with skills to open communication in the area of bereavement, as well as for the distribution of resources. A multidisciplinary team of nurses, child life specialists, and social workers met to discuss the problem. Bereavement packets were created and implemented in two critical care units - adult and pediatric. These packets can be personalized to the individual needs of the family, and include references such as community resources, information on grief and loss, information for children, and guidance for funeral and memorial services. Families are also offered keepsakes that vary from locks of hair to paint and plaster handprints of their loved one. Response from families and staff has been overwhelmingly positive. These packets have provided nurses with a tool to acknowledge loss, provide support, and address important bereavement issues. We have now implemented hospital wide education and distribution of the packets, so that bereavement support is acknowledged and provided to all survivors who have had a loved one die at our hospital.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-28T15:49:07Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-28en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-28T15:49:07Z-
dc.conference.date2006en_US
dc.conference.nameANCC National Magnet Conferenceen_US
dc.conference.hostAmerican Nurses Credentialing Centeren_US
dc.conference.locationDenver, Colorado, USAen_US
dc.description10th American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference, held 4-6 October, 2006 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, USA.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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