Description: Delivering bad news and engaging in end-of-life discussions is extremely challenging for nurses and how they engage with the patient has a significant impact on how this news is received. Without proper education and then providing the opportunity to practice this skill, leads to discomfort and uncertainty often resulting in nurses and other healthcare providers being emotionally disengaged from patients. Patient’s generally desired open and empathetic disclosure of a terminal diagnosis and end-of-life discussions. This virtual simulation module focuses on effective communication strategies when a patient/client is given bad news and engaging in end-of-life discussions.
Target audience: Nursing students in chronic or palliative care courses.