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Insights gained from trauma of patient’s death

Dealing with the death of a patient was one of nursing student Nicola Looby’s greatest fears, but a clinical placement caring for older patients near the end of life helped her face these fears and empowered her future nursing practice

Dealing with the death of a patient was one of nursing student Nicola Looby’s greatest fears, but a clinical placement caring for older patients near the end of life helped her face these fears and empowered her future nursing practice

Having been fortunate enough not to have much experience of losing a loved one, coping with the death of a patient was my biggest fear when starting my nursing degree.

But I didn’t want this to prevent me from reaching my goal of becoming a nurse, and not wanting to appear weak or unable to cope, I kept my fears to myself.

So when my first placement in caring for older people was on an end of life care ward, I felt anxious – what if someone died while I was there?

Fear

Despite my fears, I was

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