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I can do this: a student's experience of life-limiting conditions

Salford University child health student Ryan Jones, a finalist from the NCYP Student Voice competition, tells us his experience of nursing a terminally ill child.  
Ryan Jones student voice

The first child I cared for on my first placement was a two year old who didn’t have another two years left.

Ryan Jones

It took me some time to become adjusted to that idea and I felt a plethora of emotions, from sadness and confusion to anger and helplessness.

Support from peers, lecturers, mentors and my mum, a nurse, has been invaluable in helping me to adapt to these new situations.

'How do you deal with children dying?' is a question I get asked a lot. The answer is I cherish and value the time I spend with them.

Treasured privilege

Being a part of a child’s last few months is a privilege and I try to make their time as enjoyable and carefree as possible, even if this means wearing a princess crown while completing observations or singing along to Frozen.


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