Reflective accounts

Breaking bad news

A CPD article improved Helen Ballantyne’s abilities in breaking bad news to patients and their families

A CPD article improved Helen Ballantyne’s abilities in breaking bad news to patients and their families.

Abstract

Breaking bad news to patients and their families is a frequent occurrence in my role as a staff nurse working on a cardiothoracic intensive care unit. The CPD article provided strategies that I can apply immediately in my practice as well as outlining challenges and difficulties that I may encounter when communicating bad news to patients and their families.

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This reflective account is based on NS751 Warnock C (2014) Breaking bad news: issues relating to nursing practice. Nursing Standard. 28, 45, 51-58.

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