When a Child Dies
How Pediatric Physicians and Nurses Cope
McKelvey interviews members of a pediatric hospital staff, specifically those working in intensive care and hematology-oncology units where children often die and where caretakers have a great deal of experience with terminal illness. His interview subjects discuss their family backgrounds and what led them into medicine; their education, training, and on-the-job experience that helps them deal with death; their emotional reactions to the death of a young person; and their styles of coping, both personally and professionally.
This is the first book to focus on the grieving process of physicians and nurses for their child patients. There is a wealth of information here that will be recognizable and comforting to those already in the medical profession and that will help in the training of those about to enter the profession. Physicians, nurses, and medical students, as well as sociologists, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, the clergy, and families, will find this book invaluable.
About the Author
"An original book, distinguished by the author's obvious depth and breadth of knowledge. His profound familiarity with his subject enables him to explain complexities of medical and nursing practice and intrapsychic processes of grieving with great simplicity. His cases and analyses resonate with truth. I would put a copy in every physician on-call room and nursing staff lounge in my pediatric hospital."—Catherine Fiona McPherson, School of Nursing, University of Washington
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