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J Pediatr Nurs. 2012 Oct;27(5):e59-64. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2011.11.006. Epub 2012 Jan 14.

Discussing death with pediatric patients: implications for nurses.

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Children's Medical Center of Dallas, Dallas, TX, USA. danelle.nielson@gmail.com

Abstract

Communicating about end-of-life issues with a pediatric patient and their families can be difficult and uncomfortable for many nurses. The purposes of this article are to provide nurses a foundational overview of the child's understanding of death through the lens of awareness, development, and experience and to provide effective ways for nurses to implement this knowledge as they approach the topic of death with patients and their families.

PMID:
22198004
DOI:
10.1016/j.pedn.2011.11.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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