Storyboarding as an aid to learning about death situations in children's nurse education

Dexter, Yvonne (2016) Storyboarding as an aid to learning about death situations in children's nurse education. In: Hospice UK: People, Partnerships and Potential, 16-18 Nov 2016, Liverpool, UK.

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Although UK child death rates are falling (ONS 2015) their impact is out of all proportion to their incidence in relation to the number of people affected and the severity of their effects (Hindmarch 2009). The intensity of caring for children and families in death situations has an impact on the practitioner, both painful and rewarding (Papadatou 2009). Caring for dying children is one of the most challenging and unique experiences that student nurses experience while on placement in a variety of settings including hospitals, hospices and the community. Death education for nurses has been studied but there has been limited research into the preparation of those working with dying children and its effectiveness in preparing them for this role (Malloy et al 2006; Carson 2010). This deficit provides children’s nurse educators with a significant challenge and opportunity to be innovative. Rather than relying on didactic methods when teaching loss issues to student nurses, educators should use creative, interactive and experiential approaches (Matzo et al 2003; Carson 2010).
Narrative pedagogy is appropriate for death education building on a common strategy for nurses caring for children and families in death situations where sharing experiences with colleagues and gaining emotional support is seen as a positive way to learn to manage grief and construct meaning (Keene et al 2010). Storyboarding is an educational technique that has been used to facilitate narrative and reflection in nurse education (Lillyman et al 2011; Lillyman and Bennett 2012). It “offers an engaging visual approach to narrative that is both simple and effective” (Johns 2013, p.260). This presentation will share experiences of using storyboarding with children’s nursing students as an aid to reflection on death situations that they have experienced in practice and as a means of bridging the gap between theory and practice.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
ISSN: 2045-435X
Identifier: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2016-001245.247
Page Range: P-226
Identifier: 10.1136/bmjspcare-2016-001245.247
Subjects: Medicine and health > Child health
Medicine and health > Nursing
Depositing User: Yvonne Dexter
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2016 15:15
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:22

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