Practical skills

How to care for a patient after death in hospital

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 01 hr
  • Last updated: 2020
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This learning module explores how nurses can provide personal care for a patient after their death in a hospital setting and support their family and loved ones. Appropriate support for care staff and the importance of following local and national guidelines are also discussed.

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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

Kathleen Greenway, Senior lecturer in adult nursing, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England.
Paula Johnson, Senior lecturer in adult nursing, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England.


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