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Patient deaths: is there stigma in expressing emotion in the workplace?

Death is upsetting, and sometimes it can be hard to stop feelings from bubbling up

It’s natural for nurses to find the death of a patient upsetting, and sometimes it can be hard to hide those emotions – we ask if there’s pressure at work to hide feelings of sorrow or grief

Experiencing patient death can trigger strong emotions at any stage of your nursing career.

Some nurses may feel there is a stigma attached to expressions of emotion in the workplace, so is there a way to counter this?

Nursing Standard readers have their say.

Liz Charalambous is a teaching associate at the University of Nottingham @lizcharalambou

Expressing emotion in the workplace can depend on leadership, team culture, and relationships with colleagues.

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