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Developing a Process to Support Perinatal Nurses After a Critical Event


  • The author reports no conflicts of interest or relevant ­financial relationships.


The work of perinatal nurses sometimes includes emergencies involving death, or near death, which can leave health care providers with feelings of stress and grief. After experiencing a particularly stressful period, nurses at our organization identified processes to help themselves recover and to support each other. The result of this work is a written plan to facilitate the support of perinatal nurses after critical events. This article describes the development and implementation of this plan.