Creating a NICU Bereavement Team
Article first published online: 11 JUN 2013
© 2013 AWHONN, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Special Issue: 2013 Convention Proceedings
Volume 42, Issue s1, page S30, June 2013
How to Cite
Burns, N., Majchrowski, S. and Jellison, A. M. (2013), Creating a NICU Bereavement Team. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 42: S30. doi: 10.1111/1552-6909.12090
- Issue published online: 11 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 11 JUN 2013
- neonatal death;
- family-centered care
Purpose for the Program
A neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) bereavement committee was formed to maximize the potential of clinical nursing practice related to the Magnet model. Multiple magnet forces were modeled in the implementation of this project.
To improve clinical practice and provide family-centered care.
Implementation, Outcomes, and Evaluation
Using evidence-based practice, our team has standardized the bereavement process in the NICU by creating a bereavement checklist, a unit-specific neonatal death policy, and educational materials for staff to reference. We also have organized a bereavement cabinet for staff to have easy access to all supplies needed during this difficult time. In-services for staff regarding the new bereavement policies and procedures were done. Bereavement team members were expected to act as resources for nurses when a neonatal death occurred. Nurse satisfaction was increased related to their decreased anxiety during the bereavement process, as indicated by the in-service evaluations done after the project.
Implications for Nursing Practice
To standardize the bereavement process and decrease nurse anxiety.