Practical skills

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

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 01 hr
  • Last updated: 2020
  • Link to RCNi portfolio

This practical learning module for nurses and nursing students describes how to inform relatives and loved ones of a patient’s death. Effective communication using suitable language and demonstrating compassion in an appropriate environment are highlighted.

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

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


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