Helpful beyond words
Comment Previous     Next

Helpful beyond words

Ewout van Sabben @Ewout1985 Children’s nursing student, University of West London, The Student Nurse Project

Nursing student Ewout van Sabben is devising a way to support nurses to communicate with patients who have complex needs

During a clinical placement on a children’s ward in my third year of training, I helped to care for a 12-year-old boy with autism, whom I will call James. He had been admitted following a prolonged period of distress and self-harming, and was due to be discharged that day. He had been calm for most of the shift, but the moment he was told he could leave the ward he started lashing out. Nothing the nurses, play specialists or his sister said calmed him.

Nursing Standard. 33, 1, 19-19. doi: 10.7748/ns.33.1.19.s10

Want to read more?

Subscribe for unlimited access

Try 1 month’s access for just £1 and get:

Your subscription package includes:
  • Full access to and the Nursing Standard app
  • The monthly digital edition
  • RCNi Portfolio and interactive CPD quizzes
  • RCNi Learning with 200+ evidence-based modules
  • 10 articles a month from any other RCNi journal
Already subscribed? Log in

Alternatively, you can purchase access to this article for the next seven days. Buy now