Clinical placements

Coping with the death of a patient for the first time

The emotional toll of caring for a patient at the end of life taught nursing student Garritt Brown that it is okay to ask for help.
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The emotional toll of caring for a patient at the end of life taught nursing student Garritt Brown that it is okay to ask for help

During my clinical placement in a hospice in my first year of training, a patient with bowel cancer was admitted.

The patient, who I will call John, had been admitted for symptom control, but his condition soon started to deteriorate and after a couple of weeks he was put on an end of life care plan.

I started to build up a therapeutic relationship with John from the moment he was admitted. I attended all his doctors’ rounds and multidisciplinary meetings and assisted with his personal care.

Traumatic experience

After the end of life care plan was

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