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Team mourning: revelations of nursing professionals on the care provided to children/adolescents in the process of death/dying

For nursing professionals, death is the greatest villain of their work since, in general, they are educated to take care of life only. The purpose of this study is to investigate how nursing professionals experience mourning when facing the death of hospitalized children/adolescents. Therefore, authors used a qualitative descriptive-exploratory research. Data were collected through interviews with nursing professionals who work in clinics with pediatric beds at a university hospital. Empirical data showed that professionals need emotional support in order to experience mourning and prevent the Burnout Syndrome. Authors recommend the inclusion of the theme death in the curricula, and also that hospitals must turn to permanent education as a strategy to promote changes in attitudes and behaviors regarding patients who are dying.

nursing; death; child; adolescent

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