Essay on experiences of nurses grief after patient death

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Experience of Grief Following Patient Death: A Concept Analysis
Karen D. Panganiban
Resurrection University

This is a concept analysis on the experiences of grief of registered nurses in the fields of oncology, pediatric ICU and adult ICU after a patient dies. The paper describes the reactions of nurses and how they are able to cope with grief. It also discussed the available resources that they use within their institution in response to the death of the patient. The concept analysis method that was used was based on: epistemological, pragmatic, linguistic and logical principles. Extensive literature search was done to review the concept mentioned. The need to recognize the grief of nurses after patient death
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A nurse like any other human being in times of grief needs a form of support, formal or informal so that grief can be resolved using a healthy coping mechanism. The purpose of this concept analysis is to identify the responses of nursing staff after patient death and how it affects them. It also investigates how nurses cope with the loss of a patient and what are the available resources they use to resolve their grief.
The literature search was conducted using the Current index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), Medline and Academic Search Premier. The systematic search on these three databases was limited from 2008-2013 in order to present a current description of the concept. This included the word grief; nursing staff; experience and death of patient. The article that was used included the ones relevant to the title of the concept being analyzed. English was the primary language being searched in all the literature. The concept analysis was organized using a principle-based method by Penrod & Hupcey, this includes epistemological, pragmatic, Linguistic and Logical.
The nurses that were examined in the literature review were composed of nurses working in the oncology unit, Pediatric ICU and adult ICU. They were able to expressed experiences related to patients’ death by question and answers. The nurse’s response to the

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