Storyboarding as an aid to learning about death in children’s nursing
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Storyboarding as an aid to learning about death in children’s nursing

Yvonne Dexter Senior lecturer, University of West London, Brentford, Middlesex

Yvonne Dexter discusses the use of the storyboard in enabling children’s nursing students to explore their feelings about the death of a child, and its implications for education and practice

The sudden or anticipated death of a child is one of the most challenging and unique experiences that children’s nursing students will encounter in practice. There is evidence to suggest that the effect this can have on a practitioner can affect quality of care. Although education for nurses about dealing with death has been studied, there is limited research into the education of those working with dying children and how effective it is in preparing them to deal with the situation. This deficit presents those involved in children’s nurse education with a significant challenge and an opportunity to be innovative. This article examines the use of storyboarding as a creative teaching tool to enable children’s nursing students to reflect on their experiences of working with children and families in death situations. The wider implications for the use of this technique in practice and education are considered.

Nursing Children and Young People. 28, 5, 16-21. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.28.5.16.s21

Correspondence

yvonne.dexter@uwl.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 18 November 2015

Accepted: 23 December 2015