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Comforting Comes Full Circle

McCroskey, Diane

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000516
Feature: practice

ABSTRACT: Nurses' personal grief and loss experiences can enhance their ability to comfort family members of seriously ill and dying patients. Spiritual care in these situations can include empathy, listening, and sharing of Scripture, when appropriate. Additionally, caring for emotional needs of patients in critical care situations also may enable a nurse to resolve personal grief experiences.

Diane McCroskey, MSN, RN, is a full-time instructor of nursing at Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, Tennessee. She previously worked in critical care for 25 years.

Accepted by peer-review 1/16/17.

Published Ahead of Print 5/22/18.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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