Clinical placements

Lessons learned in a hospice

A placement at a hospice widened the perspective of one student, providing an experience that will inform his practice for the rest of his career

A placement at a hospice widened the perspective of one student, providing an experience that will inform his practice for the rest of his career

During the second year of my nursing degree I had a six-week placement at St Catherine's Hospice in the West Sussex town of Crawley.

The hospice cares for people of all ages, and most of the patients I worked with had cancer.

I have always been inspired by clinicians who choose to work in palliative care. Their dedication to helping terminally ill people achieve their goals, particularly as they approach the end of life, is a gift not many can offer.

People’s goals vary – they may want to be pain free, get married or simply go home to the place where they feel most comfortable. Achieving these goals is key to the aims

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