Clinical placements

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Enabling a patient to go to the toilet with dignity is a key component of good care

A trip to outpatients revealed the indignity of an inaccessible toilet

What a placement on a remote island taught me about truly person-centred care

Working in this environment means really getting to know your patients, says Elizabeth Spence

An illustration of a person covering their face, with their head in their hands.

A violent encounter during a placement almost made me quit

How an incident with a patient showed the value of speaking up when something feels wrong

Lancaster bombers

Listening to patients’ wartime stories helped me develop empathy

It can be hard to find time to listen to patients, but it’s essential for holisitic care

What I learned from shadowing the specialists

A student’s experience of shadowing a clinical nurse specialist and a senior research nurse

Food

Kindness is tangible in a mental health crisis

A nursing student reflects on the profound effect of sharing a meal with a patient

Importance of preventing pressure ulcers was highlighted by training

A student on placement gained confidence after training to manage pressure ulcers in older...

A good death

It is an honour to give someone the ‘right’ death

Caring for a dying patient and providing last offices helped nursing student Tristan Crombie...

What to expect from a placement in police custody

A police custody suite offers many opportunities to learn about person-centred care

On the front line with a paramedic

A day spent shadowing a paramedic showed the complex range of skills this role requires, and...

Lessons learned in a hospice

A placement at a hospice will inform this student's practice for the rest of his career...

Don’t worry if you shed a tear

Looking after a patient nearing the end of life can be daunting, but one nursing student...

What to do when words fail

Communication problems are not uncommon when people with complex needs are admitted to...

Nurse’s response to medicine refusal was a lesson in quality care

A nurse halted a drug round when a patient declined additional medication and took the time...

Be ready to act whenever someone needs help

While on a placement in Sri Lanka in her final year of training, Kirsty Wallace went to the...

Using meditation to calm an anxious patient

When first-year nursing student Phaedra Longhurst cared for a highly anxious patient on her...

An insight into the hidden battles of patients with invisible illnesses

When nursing student Laurie Batchelor helped care for a patient in the community with cancer...

Student’s homemade songbook helped patients forget cancer symptoms

When nursing student Georgia Brain created a book of lyrics to help her patients remember...

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