Clinical placements

The effect of music therapy in palliative care

When nursing student Rosie Emsley used her musical talents to entertain patients, she learned what a positive impact creative approaches to care can have on health and well-being
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When nursing student Rosie Emsley used her musical talents to entertain patients, she learned what a positive impact creative approaches to care can have on health and well-being

At the end of the first year of my nursing degree I spent my clinical placement in a hospice, where the majority of patients were admitted for palliative care.

One of the patients, who I will call Jack, had been diagnosed with advanced colon cancer that had spread to the bone. When Jack was informed by the doctors that his condition had worsened, he jokingly replied that he hoped he would be free of arthritis in the next life so he could play the piano again.

Jack loved music, and when he heard that a band were due to perform in

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