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These student nurses became their patient's advocate when they stood up for their dignity, championed their level of care and defended their right to make their own choices.
While on placement on a cardiac and endocrine ward, the nurse in charge asked me to manage a bay of four patients due to staff shortages.
While on an acute placement at the end of my second year of training, I helped to look after a patient who was admitted to hospital from her home following gradual deterioration of health and reduced mobility.
During an afternoon shift while on placement, I was asked by a nurse to help the healthcare assistants with meal preparations and to feed the patients. We distributed the meals in the male section of the ward, and moved on to the female section. I then returned to the male patients to make sure they all had enough food and water and to check if any of them required assistance.
A patient's right to know?
Nursing student Gavin O'Hare changed a life before death by respecting his patient's dignity and ensuring he had the right to know his diagnosis.
Adopting a family approach to care
By facilitating a way for a mother to be with her new-born baby, student nurse Hayley Dawes realised the importance of adopting a family approach to care.
Advocating for a patient in pain
Nursing student Lisa Driver advocated and brought relief to patient in terrible pain .
Attempt to advocate for vulnerable patient was in vain
One student nurse attempted to advocate for a vulernable patient whom she felt had been let down by nursing staff, but had to accept it was in vain.
Be confident in your skills and speak up for your patients
An incident at a nursing home for people with dementia proved to one student nurse that you must always speak up for the patient, regardless of the reaction you receive from colleagues.
Challenging the uncaring attitudes of staff
Nursing student Jessica BlumeI was motivated to challenge the uncaring attitudes of staff because as a nurse, it is her responsibility to empower and respect every individual.
Determined to be a strong patient advocate
While on placement, one student nurse decided that she will be more assertive and confident in advocating for her patients in future.
Diagnosis without explanation causes needless anxiety
After his proactive nursing helped an upset young man and his pregnant girlfriend, student nurse Henry Donaghy understood how vital good communication is when delivering a diagnosis.
Do mental health patients get the services they deserve?
Her first placement on a psychiatric ward made student nurse Suzanne Shepherd wonder whether mental health patients have access to adequate healthcare.
Experience led me to question my superiors and help a patient
While carrying out a placement on a surgical assessment unit, the daughter of a patient expressed concerns to me about her mother's wellbeing. The patient, aged 68, had been diagnosed with orbital cellulitis and been admitted to the unit for intravenous antibiotic therapy. I had been told she was medically fit for discharge.