How to inform relatives and loved ones of a patient's death

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2016.

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Duration: 01:00:00 Type: How to modules Level: Students, Qualified Nurses

Author

Mags Guest, Lecturer in adult nursing, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull, Hull, England.


Short description

Read this module and update your knowledge and skills on how to inform relatives and loved ones of a patient's death.


Detailed description

  • Informing relatives and loved ones of a patient’s death is a sensitive and often stressful task frequently undertaken by nurses.
  • Effective communication skills and demonstrating compassion are essential when informing relatives and loved ones of a patient’s death.
  • The nurse should use suitable language and choose an appropriate environment to ensure that information is conveyed clearly, sensitively and without interruptions.
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