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Schwartz rounds for nursing students

Many NHS trusts give staff opportunities to share difficult experiences. Now these structured sessions are being introduced to universities in the hope of reducing student attrition and building resilience.
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Many NHS trusts give staff opportunities to share difficult experiences. Now these structured sessions are being introduced to universities in the hope of reducing student attrition and building resilience

Discussing the emotional challenges of caring for patients as a nursing student was a powerful experience for Hannah Moore.

'Sharing my stories, feelings, concerns and ideas with everyone was an empowering and fulfilling experience,' says Ms Moore, a third-year student at the University of Liverpool. 'Participants provided warmth, support and encouragement to others, particularly those who shared distressing experiences.'

While these structured sessions, called Schwartz rounds, have been run by hospital trusts, mental health providers, hospices and other employers for a number of years, the move into universities is in its infancy.

They were first used with

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