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Pushing the boat out for patients at the end of life

Respecting patients' decisions at the end of life can make all the difference in care, as nursing student Charlotte Collins found out on placement

Respecting patients' decisions at the end of life can make all the difference in care, as nursing student Charlotte Collins found out on placement

While I was on placement in an acute setting I had the pleasure of caring for a man, who I will call Tom. Tom was 65 years of age and had oesophageal varices.

He had been admitted to the ward as his condition was worsening. At first, Tom was still able to speak and we had conversations ranging from his favourite food to boats, and the weather. I asked Tom if he would like to move rooms where he could see the boats and the sea.

‘Maybe next time,’ he replied.

Tom’s family heard this conversation and said they would speak to Tom again about being moved. Apparently, Tom had turned down the move because he

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