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Loss: A Concept Analysis
Nerissa A. Trask
University of South Alabama

Loss: A Concept Analysis
Loss is a term used frequently in the discipline of nursing. A better understanding of the concept loss is needed as it pertains to nursing due to the many meanings it has to different people. Chinn and Kramer (2011) state that the process of constructing conceptual meaning is the basis for establishing theory. This is important because advanced practice nursing is a discipline that is guided by theory.   The purpose of this paper is to provide a concept analysis of loss including its significance to nursing, its many uses and definitions, defining criteria which are used in an exemplar case, and cases describing what the concept is not.  
Significance
Nurses care for patients daily who experience loss.   Many of these patients have had strokes.   In Mumma’s (2012) study of perceived losses by patients and their spouses following a stroke, independence and mobility were two of the most reported losses.   In addition to independence and mobility, stroke patients may also experience loss of memory, speech, or thought processes.   These losses can lead to the patient feeling helpless and useless.   A clearer understanding of loss will assist nurses to develop better interventions to help patients and their families cope with loss.  
Definitions
A review of literature on loss revealed many definitions and uses.   The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) defines loss as “(a) the fact or process of losing something or someone, (b) an amount of money lost by a business or organization, (c) the state or feeling of grief when deprived of someone or something of value, and (d) a person or thing that is badly missed when lost”   (OED, 2013).   According to the OED, the word loss comes from the Old English word los which means destruction and is of Germanic origin. It is related to the term Old Norse los, the breaking up of the ranks of an army, and is a past participle of lose (OED,...

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