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Jenna GatziolisFollow

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17-11-2017 10:00 AM

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17-11-2017 11:30 AM

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EFFECTIVE COPING MECHANISMS FOR PEDIATRIC NURSES WORKING WITH CRITICALLY AND TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS: A LITERATURE REVIEW

Jenna Gatziolis

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kim Amer, PhD, RN

Background: One of the hardest aspects of pediatric nursing is dealing with the death of young and sick children. Because the death of a child is a traumatic event, special consideration must be taken into account as to how pediatric nurses are able to effectively cope with the death of a child. Oftentimes the emotional needs for nurses are overlooked and not discussed leading to poor personal and career related outcomes for the nurse.

Objectives: To identify the needs of pediatric nurses suggested by practicing pediatric nurses following the death of a critically or terminally ill patient.

Method: A critical review of the literature was completed to identify the needs of pediatric nurses to effectively cope with the loss of a critically or terminally ill child.

Results: Practicing pediatric nurses have identified the need for support groups following the death of a child, structured courses offered by the hospital, and tools for stress management.

Conclusion: After completing the critical review of the literature, it was clear that many hospitals lack structured protocols following the death of a child. It is critical for hospitals to recognize the needs of their nurses and to have a set intervention program that ensures nurses are taken care of so that they are able to take care of all of their future patients.

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Effective Coping Methods for Pediatric Nurses Working With Terminally Ill Patients: A Literature Review

EFFECTIVE COPING MECHANISMS FOR PEDIATRIC NURSES WORKING WITH CRITICALLY AND TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS: A LITERATURE REVIEW

Jenna Gatziolis

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kim Amer, PhD, RN

Background: One of the hardest aspects of pediatric nursing is dealing with the death of young and sick children. Because the death of a child is a traumatic event, special consideration must be taken into account as to how pediatric nurses are able to effectively cope with the death of a child. Oftentimes the emotional needs for nurses are overlooked and not discussed leading to poor personal and career related outcomes for the nurse.

Objectives: To identify the needs of pediatric nurses suggested by practicing pediatric nurses following the death of a critically or terminally ill patient.

Method: A critical review of the literature was completed to identify the needs of pediatric nurses to effectively cope with the loss of a critically or terminally ill child.

Results: Practicing pediatric nurses have identified the need for support groups following the death of a child, structured courses offered by the hospital, and tools for stress management.

Conclusion: After completing the critical review of the literature, it was clear that many hospitals lack structured protocols following the death of a child. It is critical for hospitals to recognize the needs of their nurses and to have a set intervention program that ensures nurses are taken care of so that they are able to take care of all of their future patients.