Patient Remembrance: A Model for Processing the Death of a Patient Through Departmental Social Support
Death is an inevitable component within the child life profession that often correlates with compassion fatigue and burnout. This presentation aims to explore a model of one child life department's structured staff intervention related to processing the death of patients. Furthermore, this presentation will explore the potential need to create an individualized model for child life specialists to incorporate within their own institutions. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Professional Responsibility
Explore the need for staff interventions related to processing the death of patients in the health care field.
Explore one department's structured staff intervention that aims to provide child life specialists an opportunity to process the death of patients.
Discuss grief processing into individualized model .
Katie Elizabeth Greer
Katie Greer earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies and Human Development at The University of Arizona. She then continued her education and completed a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Child Life in Hospitals at Mills College in Oakland, California. Katie has been working as a child life specialist since January of 2017 and joined the child life team at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in January of 2018. She currently works with patients of all ages in the assessment/triage as well as procedure outpatient areas. Katie’s passion for grief related topics and interventions inspire her to look at ways in which staff may benefit from further supportive services utilizing theories and concepts within the field of child life.
Shandra Taylor earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The University of Louisville. She continued her education at Towson University, where she completed her Master of Science degree in Child Life, Administration, and Family Collaboration. Shandra joined the child life team at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in January of 2018, where she currently provides services to patients of all ages in diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology.