A Gift of Gratitude

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Student Nurse Liv Starick recently undertook clinical placement at Box Hill Hospital as part of Eastern Health's Fellowship Program.
As part of her duties, Liv looked after a patient taking part in the Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) program.

The patient was so grateful for Liv's kind and compassionate bedside manner, that she handmade a broach, embossed with forget-me-not flowers.
"I think about that patient often," says Live. "The broach was a lovely gesture and and a great first experience in my nursing career."

Eastern Health supports 150 Fellowship students each year through a collaborative learning model with Deakin, Monash and Swinburne universities.

Fellowship Coordinator, Tenley Hoffman, says the placement program is hands-on in the clinical setting, allowing graduates to form relationships with staff and get to know the patients in their care.

“In this case, student nurse Liv was looking after a patient who was part of the Voluntary Assisted Dying program,” says Tenley. “Liv took the time to sit with the patient and provide emotional support and a listening ear.

“It’s uncommon for a first year student to show that level of maturity and the patient was so grateful, she handmade a pin for Liv.”

Well done Liv and good luck on your nursing journey!