bereavement, coaching, COVID-19, nurse coaching, nurse leadership, psychological distress, staff support



  1. Rosa, William E. PhD, MBE, ACHPN, FAANP, FAAN
  2. Levoy, Kristin PhD, MSN, RN, OCN
  3. Battista, Vanessa RN, MS, CPNP-PC, CHPPN
  4. Dahlin, Constance MSN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN
  5. Thaxton, Cheryl DNP, APRN, CPNP, FNP-BC, CHPPN, ACHPN, FPCN
  6. Greer, Kelly BS


Nurses are confronting a number of negative mental health consequences owing to high burdens of grief during COVID-19. Despite increased vaccination efforts and lower hospitalization and mortality rates, the long-term effects of mass bereavement are certain to impact nurses for years to come. The nurse coaching process is an evidence-based strategy that nurse leaders can use to assist staff in mitigating negative mental health outcomes associated with bereavement. The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium brought together a team of palliative nursing experts early in the pandemic to create resources to support nurses across settings and promote nurse well-being. This article shares a timely resource for health systems and nursing administration that leverages the nurse coaching process to support bereaved staff in a safe and therapeutic environment.