Clinical placements

‘This is me’ document helped me provide personalised end of life care

A student reflects on their experience of building a nurse-patient relationship with a hospice patient
A 'This is me' form and an elderly male patient in the background

A student reflects on their experience of building a nurse-patient relationship with a hospice patient

During my first placement in a hospice in my third year of training, I helped to care for an older male patient who I will call William.

William, who was in his eighties, had been diagnosed with liver cancer which had metastasised. He lived alone and was admitted to the hospice after his condition started to deteriorate. He was not in any pain, so my priority was to make him as comfortable as possible.

William’s close friends, who had followed him to the hospice, handed a ‘This is me’ document to the staff. A support tool to enable person-centred care, the document contains information such as what the person likes to be called, any current and past interests, information about routines, and things that may

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