Can you advise this student nurse?
“I am a children’s nursing student in my second year. A patient I was helping to look after suddenly deteriorated and died while I was on shift, and I got so upset. I felt unable to help the other staff with anything that followed and didn’t feel I could talk to the parents because I was so shaken up and didn’t want them to see me like that.
”All the team were so supportive and told me it was normal to be this upset. Despite all of the reassurance, I have now completed my second year and am worried that once I am qualified, I will still not cope with death but will be expected to.
”I saw someone close to me die and thought I could handle anything because of it, but now I’m confused because of my reaction and think maybe that I am too emotionally involved to be cut out for this?”
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