Discussing death, dying, and end-of-life goals of care: A communication skills training module for oncology nurses Journal Article


Authors: Coyle, N.; Manna, R.; Shen, M. J.; Banerjee, S. C.; Penn, S.; Pehrson, C.; Krueger, C. A.; Maloney, E. K.; Zaider, T.; Bylund, C. L.
Article Title: Discussing death, dying, and end-of-life goals of care: A communication skills training module for oncology nurses
Abstract: Background: Effective communication, particularly at the end of life, is an essential skill for oncology nurses, but few receive formal training in this area. Objectives: The aim of this article is to adapt an end-of-life care communication skills training (CST) module, originally developed for oncologists, for oncology nurses and to evaluate participants’ confidence in using the communication skills learned and their satisfaction with the module. Methods: The adapted end-of-life care module consisted of a 45-minute didactic, exemplary video and 90 minutes of small group interaction and experiential role play with a simulated patient. Using a five-point Likert-type scale, 247 inpatient oncology nurses completed pre-/post-workshop surveys rating their confidence in discussing death, dying, and end-of-life goals of care with patients, as well as overall satisfaction with the module. Findings: Nurses’ confidence in discussing death, dying, and end-of-life goals of care increased significantly after attending the workshop. Nurse participants indicated satisfaction with the module by agreeing or strongly agreeing to all six items assessing satisfaction 90%–98% of the time. Nurses’ CST in discussing death, dying, and end-of-life care showed feasibility, acceptability, and potential benefit at improving confidence in having end-of-life care discussions. © 2015 by the Oncology Nursing Society.
Keywords: death; training; end-of-life care; dying; communication skills; nurse–patient communication; transitions in goals of care
Journal Title: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
Volume: 19
Issue: 6
ISSN: 1092-1095
Publisher: Oncology Nursing Society (ONS)  
Date Published: 2015-12-01
Start Page: 697
End Page: 702
Language: English
DOI: 10.1188/15.cjon.697-702
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 26583634
PMCID: PMC4962541
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Notes: Export Date: 2 December 2015 -- Source: Scopus
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MSK Authors
  1. Nessa M Coyle
    89 Coyle
  2. Talia I Zaider
    45 Zaider
  3. Ruth Danielle Jozef Manna
    20 Manna
  4. Stacey Penn
    7 Penn
  5. Megan Johnson Shen
    23 Shen