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Breaking bad news: issues relating to nursing practice

09 July 2014

Nursing Standard


The breaking of bad news was traditionally regarded to be the time when a doctor and nurse sat down with a patient and family members to provide information about,...

Communicating news of patients’ deaths to unrelated stem cell donors

20 April 2005

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Aim To identify the most appropriate method of breaking news of a patient’s death to unrelated stem cell donors, and to establish best practice guidelines based on...

Breaking bad news to people with learning disabilities and dementia

02 September 2015

Learning Disability Practice

Art & Science

People with learning disabilities are now enjoying a longer life expectancy than ever before as a result of enhanced medical and social interventions and improved...

Evaluating patients’ views of a nurse-led results clinic

01 April 2013

Cancer Nursing Practice

Art & Science

A neuro-oncology patient satisfaction survey revealed that the delivery of histology results could be improved. The clinical nurse specialist (CNS) team responded by...

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

20 April 2016

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Rationale and key points▶ Informing relatives and loved ones of a patient’s death is a sensitive and often stressful task frequently undertaken by nurses.▶ Effective...

Equipping children’s nurses to de-escalate conflict and communicate challenging information

06 July 2020

Nursing Children and Young People


This article considers some of the challenging situations that children’s nurses may encounter when there are tensions and disagreements between the family of the...

Supporting people with intellectual disabilities to discuss death and bereavement

19 March 2020

Learning Disability Practice


This article describes a public engagement project on bereavement involving people with intellectual disabilities. The project was a practical application of...

Challenges experienced by paid carers providing palliative care to adults with intellectual disabilities

18 June 2020

Learning Disability Practice

evidence and practice

This article presents a literature review that was undertaken to explore the challenges experienced by paid carers when providing palliative care to adults with...