Clinical placements

Don’t worry if you shed a tear

Looking after a patient nearing the end of life can be daunting, but one nursing student realised that through a caring approach he was able to make a difference

Looking after a patient nearing the end of life can be daunting, but one nursing student realised that through a caring approach he was able to make a difference

Prior to starting nurse training, my only experiences of death were to do with close family members, which were highly emotional times. I was therefore dreading end of life care as I was worried my emotions would get the better of me and I would become a blubbering mess, losing all my professionalism.

This was put to the test at the start of my third year during a community placement. My mentor and I were asked to attend a patient’s home with a Macmillan nurse to discuss his end of life care wishes.

The patient was in his seventies and had terminal cancer. His health had suddenly started to decline, and when

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