Verification of Expected Death for Nurses

nurse with fileCourse introduction

Verification of Death is an important stage in the process for relatives and carers. Until this has been performed, no further action can be taken with regard to the deceased. If this process is delayed because of the unavailability of a doctor, (especially out of hours, due to prioritisation of most urgent need) relatives and carers may be left for a significant time unable to begin what should be a normal process. .  For nursing teams who provide care to patients at the end of their life, being able to verify an expected death will allow them to provide appropriate after care to relatives and carers and continuity at a time of stress and anxiety

This course is for nurses who work in care homes, palliative care, hospices, and with patients in the community. You will gain skills and knowledge on the implications of expected death. You will develop your clinical skills as well as communication skills on this course. This course will give you the confidence you require to verify an expected death

The course can be delivered as a bespoke course in your place of work. Please contact the team for further details. This course is interactive and there will be time for discussion.

Duration Half Day
Cost For prices please follow the link on the right to our EventBrite page
Includes All course materials and certificate of attendance
Accreditation The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) CPD points awarded on completion.

Aims and Objectives

  • Develop the skills and competencies required in determining expected death
  • Fully understand legal requirements of recording a fact of death
  • Develop clinical skills and competence in verifying a death
  • Develop communication skills and understand expectations when dealing with relatives and significant others

Course Contents

  • Background and importance of training and competence
  • Principles of Practice
  • Legal issues
  • Scope and responsibilities
  • Record Keeping
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Nurse responsibilities
  • Definitions and processes
  • Procedures
  • Clinical examination following expected death
  • Eyes examination of the fundi and pupils
  • Chest examination – respirations heart sounds
  • Pulses
  • Categories of death
  • Action to be taken as result of death
  • Verification of death guidelines
  • Communication with relatives/families
  • Communication in and out of hours

who should attend?

  • This course is tailored for Registered Nurses
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