CPD modules

Educating children's nurses to communicate bad news

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 02 hrs
  • Last updated: 2019
  • Link to RCNi portfolio

This learning module is aimed at educating and informing reflective practitioners about strategies to enhance their communication skills when breaking bad news. How news is accepted and how patients and their families can be supported are addressed, with an emphasis on the need for clarity, honesty and empathy.


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

Doreen Crawford, Senior lecturer in nursing and midwifery, De Montfort University, Leicester, Consultant editor, Nursing Children and Young People.
Doris Corkin, Lecturer, Queen’s University Belfast.
Jane Coad, Professor in children and family nursing, Coventry University.
Rachel Hollis, Lead nurse in children’s cancer, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

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