Creating a NICU Bereavement Team


Poster Presentation

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.

Proposed Change

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.