Nurses and Loss: A Call to Action


      As we seek to understand how best to support the health and well-being of nurses, we must include a better understanding of the impact of loss and grief on the heart of a nurse. The chronic accumulation of unacknowledged, unattended grief can express itself as detachment, distancing, and avoiding caring connections, but it can also be a primary cause of more severe problems that nurses struggle with. If we courageously explore the inevitable heartbreak that is inherent in our work, it can serve as a catalyst into actions, innovations, and changes that will better prepare and support our nursing workforce.
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      Kathy Douglas, RN, MPH-HA, is EVP of Clinical Strategy at Prolucent Health in Dallas, Texas and CEO of Mirabai, Inc in Tiburon, CA. She can be reached at [email protected]