Clinical placements

Compassion in continence care

Helping a distressed patient with faecal incontinence reminded student Danielle Moxen about the importance of person-centred care, and reinforced her decision to become a nurse
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Helping a distressed patient with faecal incontinence reminded student Danielle Moxen about the importance of person-centred care, and reinforced her decision to become a nurse

I was on placement on a surgical ward in my second year of training when I helped to care for a patient, who I will call Peter, who had recently undergone surgery for a hernia repair.

Peter, who was in his seventies, was always smiling, and loved to chat with other patients and staff on the ward. He was a proud man and smartly-dressed. Due to a below-the-knee amputation on his right leg, Peter had reduced mobility, and when he had an episode of faecal incontinence and needed to go to the bathroom, he struggled to gather his toiletries together quickly.

He was becoming agitated and

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