Date of Award


Document Type

Evidence Based Nursing Education Project

Degree Name

Master Of Science In Nursing

Colleges & School

Ruth S. Coleman College Of Nursing And Health Sciences

First Advisor

Christine Miller, PhD, RN

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Perinatal death--Psychological aspects; Nurses--Education


Caring for families experiencing perinatal loss is a complex and difficult challenge calling for interventions and strategies which assist families at a most vulnerable time. As the experience of perinatal loss impacts families in a myriad of ways, caring for families also can be trying and overwhelming for nurses. The aim of this review is to identify educational strategies that positively influence staff nurses' perceptions in caring for families experiencing perinatal loss. While there has been a plethora of research related to perinatal loss, few studies have examined the educational needs of nurses caring for these families. Ten research studies were selected for final inclusion in this literature review. Three themes emerged from the analysis: the need for collegial support, desired bereavement education, bereavement debriefing, and level of comfort while providing bereavement care. Strengths and limitations of the literature are presented in the review. Recommendations for education, practice and research are discussed.


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