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A work placement in the city of Pittsburgh in the United States gave nursing student Deborah Cooper new insights into caring for people and living in poverty.

A work placement in the city of Pittsburgh in the United States gave nursing student Deborah Cooper new insights into caring for people and living in poverty.

Ms Cooper spent two weeks last September in the Pennsylvanian city between the second and third year of her nursing degree at Birmingham City University.

The placement included a training session focusing on the challenges facing people living on low incomes, which prompted Ms Cooper to think about how she can change things in her own practice.

‘We did a simulation exercise on people in the poorest circumstances. It turned out to be eye-opening and it gave me a push to look into what is available for people in the UK and what I can do to support them as a healthcare professional.’

The opportunity to study abroad came after Ms Cooper won a Cavell Nurses’ Trust

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