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What effect can being a patient have on student development?

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  • Article: Carter G, Taylor R (2012) Effects of being a patient on student development. Nursing Times; 108: 20, 21-23.

Key points

  • Policy is aiming to put service users at the heart of the healthcare experience
  • Nurses are ideally placed to take compassionate, person-centred care forward
  • Engaging service users in nursing education is crucial to developing nurses who are well prepared for practice
  • Storytelling has provided insights into the healthcare experiences that professionals provide
  • This patient story appears to have affected how students and mentors see their therapeutic relationships with service users

Let’s discuss

  • Do our personal experiences of health care influence how we practice?
  • Outline how you think patient stories can be used to inform practice?
  • Describe the benefits of reflective practice?
  • How can nurses use their personal experience of healthcare in learning situations with student nurses or their peers?
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