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‘We want to take the fear out of giving end of life care’

Two students have developed a training module to allay the concerns of first-years
Rachael Lambe and Ellen Soutter

Two students have developed a training module to allay the concerns of first-years

For nursing students, caring for patients who are at the end of their life can be emotionally challenging.

‘A lot of students feel they have to put on a brave face because that’s what’s expected of you as a healthcare professional,’ says Rachael Lambe, who is in the final year of her adult nursing degree at the University of Chester. ‘But when you’re dealing with someone who is dying, no matter how experienced you are, it’s never going to be easy.’

Yet nursing courses offer little in the way of specific end of life training, leaving many students feeling out of their depth. ‘It’s not just our university, it’s across the board,’ says her colleague, Ellen Soutter. ‘It seems it’s not even talked about until

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