An exploration of the grief experiences of neonatal nurses: a focus group study

Kain, Victoria J. (2013) An exploration of the grief experiences of neonatal nurses: a focus group study. Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 19 2: 80-88. doi:10.1016/j.jnn.2012.04.001

Author Kain, Victoria J.
Title An exploration of the grief experiences of neonatal nurses: a focus group study
Journal name Journal of Neonatal Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1355-1841
Publication date 2013-04
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jnn.2012.04.001
Volume 19
Issue 2
Start page 80
End page 88
Total pages 9
Place of publication Oxford, London, U.K.
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract Aim To explore the grief reactions of neonatal nurses caring for dying babies.

Methods This study utilises a qualitative research design. Focus group methods explored neonatal nurses' beliefs, perceptions and experiences of death, dying, grief and loss associated with clinical practice in the neonatal intensive care unit. A deductive data analysis framework was employed to catalogue participant responses into corresponding constructs.

Results Data collected from the focus group interviews were aggregated in deductive analysis against three constructs: Acknowledgement of loss; recognition of the relationship; and inclusion of the griever.

Conclusion The findings from this research contribute to a definition of grief as a pervasive, highly individualized, dynamic process that often is discussed normatively within professional healthcare disciplines. Neonatal nurses routinely deal with grief and feelings of loss. It is important that a framework be developed to help understand the process and to guide appropriate interventions for ongoing support.
Keyword Death and dying
Neonatal intensive care unit
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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