Can you advise this student nurse?
“I’m a third-year student, on placement in A&E. Two weeks ago a patient came in who subsequently died while we were caring for her (I really don’t want to give details).
“After it happened I just got back on with my work and whenever I started to think about what had happened I just blocked it out. Even when I got home that evening I just kept busy and didn’t think about it because I knew I would be upset.
“But I know now that I need to ‘deal with’ what happened because I’m just lying awake at night worrying but I still somehow can’t let my mind go there.
“Weirdly, it’s not actually the first time I’ve experienced the death of a patient so I don’t know why this has affected me so much and I’m worried that I’m not cut-out to work in A&E, which is where I thought I wanted to be.
“Am I burnt out already? Does anyone have any techniques or advice for getting over this experience?”
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