Nurses’ experience of the death of a child in the Emergency Department

Copnell, B

Provision of quality paediatric end‐of‐life care in acute care settings is a priority for the Australian health care system, with a national consensus statement recently published. No previous studies have investigated emergency nurses’ experiences of childhood death. Understanding this experience is crucial in determining how well prepared they are to deal with this situation, and in turn, their ability to provide quality nursing care to dying children and their families.

The aim of this study is to explore Australian nurses’ experiences of caring for a child who dies in the Emergency Department.