Coping of the nursing team in the death-dying process in a neonatal unit

Cindy Macedo da Silveira, Maria Lígia dos Reis Bellaguarda, Bruna Canever, Roberta Costa, Neide da Silva Knihs, Silvia Caldeira

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Objective: This understanding is essential to subsidize interventions of nursing professionals in order to care for families. Method: A qualitative study in descriptive exploratory approach involved ten nursing professionals. Recollected stories collected from professionals in the care of the process of death and dying in neonatology was the means for data collection. Data organization, treatment and analysis was based on Bardin's content analysis and the software Interface de R pour les Analyses Multidimensionnelles de Textes et de Questionnaires. Results: Two categories emerged from the analysis interface and the foundations of Skinner's Motivational Theory of Coping, nursing staff and Motivational Theory of Coping in death in neonatology; Threat regulatory action and coping with death in neonatology. The coping strategies of the nursing team studied show that cognitive patterns and behavioral responses refer to the very way of dealing with the daily suffering experienced in the family, where professionals seek information to overcome the threat, a coping with helplessness and escape from welcoming. Conclusion: The self-referential processes experienced in stressful situations by nursing professionals favor empathy, bonding and communication with the family of infants. The indicators of frailty in training remain predisposing to difficulties in coping with death-dying.

Translated title of the contributionCoping da equipe de enfermagem no processo morte-morrer em unidade neonatal
Original languageEnglish
Article numbereAPE02261
Number of pages8
JournalACTA Paulista de Enfermagem
Publication statusPublished - 22 Feb 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Attitude to death
  • Death
  • Infant newborn
  • Intensive care units neonatal
  • Nursing team


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