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CPD modules

Breaking bad news

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 02 hrs
  • Last updated: 2016
  • Link to RCNi portfolio

This learning module is aimed at helping nurses identify and meet the challenges they face when giving bad news, for example about death or a life-limiting or poor prognosis, to patients or service users, their family members or their loved ones. The process of breaking bad news is discussed, as are the benefits of providing honest and accurate information.

Disclaimer

Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to www.rcn.org.uk/covid-19/rcn-position

Clare Warnock, Practice development sister, Specialist Cancer Services, Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield.


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