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Dealing with Neonatal Loss: Meeting the Needs of Your Patient Without Ignoring Your Own

by Jessica McNeil, MSN, RNC-OB
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 R-CERP
  • Handout: Yes

Every day throughout the country women’s health nurses encounter patients that have suffered from a neonatal loss. Nurses play an integral part in helping families to navigate through losing their infant. As perinatal nurses, it is important that we know how to best physically and mentally care for our patients during this difficult time. While our patients needs remain our primary focus, it is also imperative that we are able to recognize and process our own emotions as we go through this experience with our patients. The inability to acknowledge not only our own feelings, but those of our colleagues, can lead to increased stress, compassion fatigue, and healthcare provider burnout. The use of individual and team strategies to help recognize and confront our emotions as healthcare providers not only allows us to better support and care for our patients, but also provides a healthy work environment.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Listener will be able to identify ways to provide support for patients experiencing neonatal loss
Objective 2: Listener will be able to recognize negative impact of failing to acknowledge caregivers feelings and emotions regarding caring for patients experiencing neonatal loss
Objective 3:Listener will be able to identify individual and/or group coping and stress –reduction techniques to utilize when caring for the patient experiencing neonatal loss

Categories: Neonatal Loss,