Research Proposal on Grief

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INTRODUCTION Although effects are extended in controlling the progress of a disease and restoring the well-being of patients, there are diseases which pass beyond the stage of being curable. Death is a natural occurrence in the health care setting and since nurses play a vital role in providing direct patient care, a patient’s death may bring a sense of loss and grief which could eventually affect the way health care services are appropriately and adequately provided to other patients. However, the degree of nurses’ grief as a reaction to patient death may vary in intensity. This variation may be influenced by several factors present in both the nurse and the nurse-patient relationship. This research study investigates the degree of…show more content…
This gives rise to the need to study and investigate not only the level of grief elicited in the nurse by the death of their cancer patient, but also the factors that affect the intensity of their grief at a selected hospital. REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE Grief is a natural response among human beings to death or loss. It is an emotion, not a disease; and resolves in time “just as physical wounds need time to heal” (McHale, 2002). People have varied levels of grief depending on how complicated the “wound” they have, and ways to react on grief. Some may have complicated grief that may need months to years to heal; whereas, others may only need few days to weeks. People, having the experience of losing someone, may react by living through the experience of grief or by eliminating them. Nevertheless, resolving grief requires no shortcuts in order to maintain a sense of well-being. In one interview (Papadatou, 2002), a nurse said that grief is an ongoing process as there is “ongoing relocation of the loss, a continuous stirring”. Papadatou (2002) also noted the predominant reactions nurses experience while grieving. These involve crying, sadness, anger, and recurring thoughts of the dying conditions. The study showed that nurses frequently reported a tendency to withdraw into themselves. However, death per se was not the most stressful experience for nurses. It was said to be the
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