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  1. Lewis, Tricia A. RN, MSN, NPD-BC


As COVID-19 placed unprecedented demands on healthcare systems across the country, nurses were deployed to care for severely ill patients in acute and intensive care units at rates never imagined. Especially challenging for nursing staff was being witness to patients' deaths daily. This article describes the implementation and outcomes of an innovative initiative entitled Gentle Hands, in which a nurse educator team performed postmortem care for unit nurses during a COVID-19 hospital surge.