Fall 2021

Document Type

Scholarly Project


College of Nursing

First Advisor

Shelli Gibbs


Labor and delivery nurses are the first-line caregivers for women suffering a perinatal loss which involves miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death. This loss of life can cause nurses’ distress. This project proposes using the PEARLS healthcare debriefing tool as an intervention to decrease distress and improve nurse satisfaction. Before and after the debriefing intervention, a survey allowed the nurse to rate their distress from zero to ten using the distress thermometer and answer questions about job satisfaction. The data analyzed shows that the debriefing intervention decreased nurse distress after perinatal loss compared to the prior practice of no debriefing after each loss. The pre- and post-survey results suggest that years of nurse employment, history of personal perinatal loss, and nurse satisfaction are risk factors for increased nurse distress. This project implies that a mandatory policy of nurse debriefing after perinatal loss may decrease nurse distress and improve employee satisfaction.

Available for download on Sunday, December 31, 2023

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Nursing Commons