Difficult Conversations

Difficult conversations can be just that – difficult to have and easy to avoid. Whether dealing with an underperforming employee, a difficult coworker, or a patient in your care, having the skills and tools to navigate them is priceless.

In this course, we will review the factors and causes of ineffective communication.  We will examine immediately applicable strategies and scripts that can assist you in having hard conversations.  Our goal is to provide participants with the tools needed to communicate more effectively in daily life.

Target Audience

This course is for health care providers who want to improve their communication skills while engaging in difficult conversations. 

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the relationship between difficult communication and patient safety. 
  • Describe strategies for improving communication in health care settings. 
  • Discuss examples of structures and processes to support effective communication. 
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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 Attendance
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Rebecca BarshickRebecca Barshick, MSN, BA, RN-BC
Nurse Educator

Accreditation Statement:  The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing is an accredited provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  Statement of Contact Hours: The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing provides this 1 contact hour educational activity.
Conflict of Interest:  It is our policy that continuing nursing education faculty and planning committee members must disclose any financial relationships with companies providing program funding or manufacturers of any commercial products discussed in the program.  The planning committee and program faculty report that they do not have financial relationships with manufacturers of any commercial products they present in the program. 
Commercial Support:  This educational activity has not received any form of commercial support. 
Non-Endorsement of Products:  The Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing and the American Nurses Credentialing Center does not endorse the use of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity. 

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 Attendance


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