HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE MEDICINE: Breaking bad newsDelivering unsettling news to patients and families demands at least as much listening as talking, said Emma Jones, MD, and Christopher Collura, MD, during their interactive session “Breaking Bad News: A Roadmap for the Most Difficult Conversations,” which allowed attendees to role-play these skills.
Apology laws: Talking to patients about adverse eventsApology laws aren’t as important as you may think when it comes to situations in which physicians have to explain, or apologize for something unexpected. However, as healthcare becomes more transparent, sometimes statements of sympathy can be beneficial.
Why it's so difficult for physicians to be empathetic and analytic at the same timeFor physicians who struggle to balance empathy with analytic thinking during patient visits, neuroscience researcher and brain-imaging expert Anthony Jack, PhD, has a somewhat comforting explanation: It's not your fault, it's your brain's.
Culture of compassionTaking temperatures, administering IVs, and ensuring that patients are properly medicated are all part of the nursing job, but there's more to it than just that. See why taking your time to learn about the cultures of your patients can make you a better nurse.