Community palliative care nurse experiences and perceptions of follow-up bereavement support visits to carers.
Summary of "Community palliative care nurse experiences and perceptions of follow-up bereavement support visits to carers."
Community (district) nurses (CNs) are well positioned to provide follow-up home visits to bereaved families and carers of their recently deceased palliative clients. An Australian survey of CN's (n = 58, response rate 29%) described their experiences of bereavement support visits, perceptions of their role in bereavement care and their professional support needs. Although positive experiences were commonly reported, with 95% of participants considering bereavement follow-up visits as consistent with their role, 53% found the visits difficult for reasons such as the nurse or client not understanding the purpose, the CN's excessive personal identification with the client's situation, the emotional intensity of visits, and lack of confidence or skills despite prior training. The nature and quality of the CN's prior relationship with the bereaved family was an important determinant of the visits' success. Results highlight the value of bereavement support visits, while identifying professional development needs. Managing emotionally intense episodes should receive priority in preparing CN's for this challenging role.
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Western Sydney, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia.
This article was published in the following journal.
Name: International journal of nursing practice
- PubMed Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22845632
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-172X.2012.02046.x
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
Home Care Services
Community health and NURSING SERVICES providing coordinated multiple services to the patient at the patient's homes. These home-care services are provided by a visiting nurse, home health agencies, HOSPITALS, or organized community groups using professional staff for care delivery. It differs from HOME NURSING which is provided by non-professionals.
Coordination of nursing services by various nursing care personnel under the leadership of a professional nurse. The team may consist of a professional nurse, nurses' aides, and the practical nurse.
Care alleviating symptoms without curing the underlying disease. (Stedman, 25th ed)
Insurance, Nursing Services
Insurance providing benefits for the costs of care provided by nurses, especially nurse practitioners and nurse clinicians.
Specialized health care, supportive in nature, provided to a dying person. A holistic approach is often taken, providing patients and their families with legal, financial, emotional, or spiritual counseling in addition to meeting patients' immediate physical needs. Care may be provided in the home, in the hospital, in specialized facilities (HOSPICES), or in specially designated areas of long-term care facilities. The concept also includes bereavement care for the family. (From Dictionary of Health Services Management, 2d ed)
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