Grief Support

Overview

4.6 out of 5 (11 Reviews)

Credits

1.00

Post Assessment Questions

7

Expiration Date

31 Dec 2025

Last Reviewed

1 Jan 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

60 Minutes


 
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Activity Description

Health professionals frequently deal with the loss of a patient in the emergency department and in intensive care units. These deaths are often due to unforeseen violent circumstances, such as gunshot wounds, motor vehicle accidents, suicides, and homicides. Only after extensive, failed resuscitation attempts will the health professional team end their efforts. This harrowing experience takes not only a physical but emotional toll on the providers, as they are the last hope of survival for the patient. The loss of a patients life reflects immense personal and professional stress and anxiety on the health care team. However, they must put aside their grief to disclose the bad news to family members of a patient who has died unexpectedly. The clinician likely lacks a prior intimate relationship with the family. This lack of familiarity makes it important for health providers to be aware of and ready for various emotional reactions from the family so that he or she can alleviate extended grief and bereavement. This activity reviews the management of the grieving family and highlights the role of the interprofessional team in helping the family through the stressful event of losing a loved one.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Explain how to use the GRIEV_ING mnemonic.
  • Illustrate common grief reactions that family members who have lost a loved one may have.
  • Articulate how to support family members experiencing common grief reactions.
  • Explain the importance of interprofessional efforts to communicate in a clear and empathetic manner when notifying family members of a patient's death.

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Continuing Education Accreditation Information




Credit provided by Continuing Education, Inc, and StatPearls, LLC.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been jointly planned and implemented by Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea® and StatPearls. Continuing Education, Inc, is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Continuing Education, Inc. is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on the courses accepted for continuing education credit. Social workers completing this course receive  «Credits1» Clinical continuing education credits.

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  3. Study the educational content in the activity.
  4. Choose the best answer to each activity test question. To receive credit, you must pass the test questions with a minimum score of 100%.
  5. Complete the post-activity assessment.
  6. Obtain a certificate.

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    Reviews

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