Professional Issues

Oncology Nurses' Grief: A Literature Review

Christina Brown

Angela Wood

compassion, nurse's grief, self care
CJON 2009, 13(6), 625-627. DOI: 10.1188/09.CJON.625-627

The oncology practice setting can be a highly emotional workplace because nurses provide care to many of the same patients and their families over time. Comparing and contrasting nurses from different clinical settings would provide insight into the more common themes of nursing grief and might give guidance on how to educate nurses about this in different practice settings. One way in which management could support the grieving nurse is by limiting the number of comfort care patients one nurse is assigned.

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