Suresh et al. (2013) found that one of nurses’ particular fears in clinical practice is fear of death. One of the experiences that daunts them most is caring for people that are dying, and caring for their families (Anderson et al, 2015). By preparing students specifically for this role (before their first placement), they feel more resilient and can therefore be free to deliver high quality care. This research was underpinned by international evidence that the provision of effective palliative care can be difficult for new student nurses (Peters et al, 2012; Ross et al 2014; Cavaye and Watts, 2014). The findings are therefore relevant to the global nursing community.