When a student dies, the teacher may feel responsible for that death to some degree. It is important for individuals in the nursing profession to identify the need for services to individuals in need. In so doing, individuals in the nursing profession can recommend services for all those involved utilizing a team approach. Essentially, when nurses identify the need for services, they can work with an interdisciplinary team which often includes social work staff, psychological services staff etc. A referral initiated by the nursing staff can be vital to ensuring teachers are provided with the appropriate services to assist them in the grieving process and assure that the teachers arrive at the point of acceptance and return to their lives free of guilt, anger and the other symptoms which accompany a loss.
The purpose of this study was to examine the way in which teachers deal with the death of a student during the school year. This is significant to the field of nursing in that there is a very real possibility that a teacher who has experienced the death of a student will have to seek the assistance of a nurse or someone in the nursing profession was a direct result of the inability to cope with the death of a student. ...
In being aware of the effects, a nurse or someone in the nursing profession is able to make an informed decision with regards to the course of treatment as well as to engage the necessary professionals in rendering a continuum of services.
iii) Research Question: What is the research question If it is not stated, what would be the research question In what way would you say that the question is stated broadly enough for a qualitative study
There are several research questions raised during the course of this research, however, the most poignant question is one which simply stated questions the way in which teachers deal with the death of a student. This statement is very broad in nature in that it leaves the question open to many interpretations. The researcher is able to examine the physical, psychological and social aspects of coping with the death of a young individual. This research question could have been studied from both a qualitative and quantitative perspective, however, the qualitative perspective offers more insight as the research question should be one that is investigated from a more subjective perspective. Utilizing a qualitative approach, the researcher is able to address the emotions of the study subjects more directly.
iv) Study Design: What qualitative method is used In what way is the method used an appropriate one for this study
The qualitative method utilized for this study was a modified case study approach wherein the subjects were interviewed and the thoughts and reflections of the researcher were recorded in a journal both before and after the interview. This method was appropriate for this kind of study in that the researcher was interested in