When the Beginning of Life is the End of Life: Establishing Perinatal Bereavement Services After Hospital Merger

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/183001
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
When the Beginning of Life is the End of Life: Establishing Perinatal Bereavement Services After Hospital Merger
Author(s):
Allen, Marianne
Author Details:
Marianne Allen, RNC, MN, Pinnacle Health System, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, email: MAllen@Pinnaclehealth.org
Abstract:
Poster Presentation: The merger of two hospitals and consolidation of 4,800 deliveries provided opportunity to develop a model of perinatal bereavement services to reflect evidence-based care. Prior to the merger, each hospital had different models of care for bereaved families. Both hospitals provided limited services to families having losses in Labor and Delivery and NICU, but did not provided follow-up contact and support. Early losses were not addressed. Lead by the maternity clinical nurse specialist, an interdisciplinary team developed a model of care to serve parents having miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or neonatal death. The clinical nurse specialist facilitated development/implementation of Perinatal Bereavement Services to provide education, support, and mementos to families and follow-up support for up to one year after the loss. There is no charge to families for these services. The components of the program, partnership with community groups, and bereavement counselor and staff education and support will be presented. Since 2001, the program has received over 1250 referrals. 60% of these were early losses not previously addressed. This very low budget/high reward program in collaboration with our community and its volunteers has established a standard of care for perinatal bereavement services across the System. Patients have praised the hospital for committing to excellence in care for grieving families. Staff and counselors have expressed personal and professional satisfaction from their opportunity to touch the lives of parents during a most difficult time. System-wide awareness of impact of perinatal loss has resulted research activities and community links to decrease perinatal mortality.
Repository Posting Date:
28-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
28-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
ANCC National Magnet Conference
Conference Host:
American Nurses Credentialing Center
Conference Location:
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Description:
"Connect, Empower and Celebrate" was the theme of the 11th American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference, held 3-5 October, 2007 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Note:
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleWhen the Beginning of Life is the End of Life: Establishing Perinatal Bereavement Services After Hospital Mergeren_GB
dc.contributor.authorAllen, Marianneen_US
dc.author.detailsMarianne Allen, RNC, MN, Pinnacle Health System, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, email: MAllen@Pinnaclehealth.orgen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/183001-
dc.description.abstractPoster Presentation: The merger of two hospitals and consolidation of 4,800 deliveries provided opportunity to develop a model of perinatal bereavement services to reflect evidence-based care. Prior to the merger, each hospital had different models of care for bereaved families. Both hospitals provided limited services to families having losses in Labor and Delivery and NICU, but did not provided follow-up contact and support. Early losses were not addressed. Lead by the maternity clinical nurse specialist, an interdisciplinary team developed a model of care to serve parents having miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or neonatal death. The clinical nurse specialist facilitated development/implementation of Perinatal Bereavement Services to provide education, support, and mementos to families and follow-up support for up to one year after the loss. There is no charge to families for these services. The components of the program, partnership with community groups, and bereavement counselor and staff education and support will be presented. Since 2001, the program has received over 1250 referrals. 60% of these were early losses not previously addressed. This very low budget/high reward program in collaboration with our community and its volunteers has established a standard of care for perinatal bereavement services across the System. Patients have praised the hospital for committing to excellence in care for grieving families. Staff and counselors have expressed personal and professional satisfaction from their opportunity to touch the lives of parents during a most difficult time. System-wide awareness of impact of perinatal loss has resulted research activities and community links to decrease perinatal mortality.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-28T15:49:53Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-28en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-28T15:49:53Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.nameANCC National Magnet Conferenceen_US
dc.conference.hostAmerican Nurses Credentialing Centeren_US
dc.conference.locationAtlanta, Georgia, USAen_US
dc.description"Connect, Empower and Celebrate" was the theme of the 11th American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference, held 3-5 October, 2007 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, 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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