A sudden death on clinical placement: A student's perspective of nurse grief

Trudy Melissa Loos, Georgina A P Willetts, Ann Eileen Kempe

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This paper explores the reflections of a student nurse upon hearing of the sudden death of a patient she had cared for the previous night on clinical placement. Her journey, and those of colleagues she has observed, prompted this paper's discussion of nurse grief, the support mechanisms available and those preferred by nurses, and the potential outcomes if grief is not acknowledged, supported, and managed. Disenfranchised grief is a major factor in the development of prolonged and cumulative grief responses and negative outcomes for nurses, patients, and the collective nursing profession, however the establishment and utilisation of informal support networks has been found to encourage a discussion of feelings and lead to a healthy resolution of nurse grief.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-196
Number of pages7
JournalContemporary Nurse
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2014


  • Clinical placement
  • Disenfranchised grief
  • Formal debriefing
  • Grief responses
  • Informal debriefing
  • Nurse grief
  • Nurse support
  • Nursing
  • Patient death
  • Reflective practice
  • Sudden death

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