Journal of Clinical Nursing

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Edited By: Editor-in-Chief: Debra Jackson Editors: Sue Barnason, Carol Haigh, Leslie Gelling and Graeme D Smith

Impact Factor: 1.214

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 52/114 (Nursing (Social Science)); 55/116 (Nursing (Science))

Online ISSN: 1365-2702

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Understanding the bereavement care roles of nurses within acute care: a systematic review
Anita Raymond, Susan F Lee, Melissa J Bloomer

Providing bereavement or end-of-life care in acute care settings can be extremely complex and will often challenge the knowledge, skills and expertise of even the most experienced nurses. At the same time, supporting dying patients and their families is a crucial part of bereavement process. In this systematic review, Raymond et al (2017) explore some of the factors that might limit a nursing team’s ability to provide high quality bereavement care, including the competing demands of clinical workloads, the physical limitations of acute care settings and further education in bereavement care. Many nurses will have experienced the considerable frustration of not being able to spend as much time as they would like with patients and their families when they need it most. There is only one opportunity to get end-of-life care right and to support all those involved. It might be unreasonable to expect that those needing bereavement care in acute care settings will receive the same standard of care as those being nursed in palliative care settings, but it is undoubtedly the case that much could be done to improve bereavement care in acute care settings. This systematic review highlights some of the issues that need to be considered if this is to be achieved.


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