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Alan Glasper: 'The ability to make a sick child smile is a priceless quality'

Alan Glasper, emeritus professor of children and young people's nursing at the University of Southampton, discusses how he became the first active children's nurse to achieve professorial status, and why a sense of humour is essential.
Alan Glasper, emeritus professor of children's and young people's nursing at the University of Southampton

Alan Glasper, emeritus professor of children and young people's nursing at the University of Southampton, discusses how he became the first active children's nurse to achieve professorial status, and why a sense of humour is essential.

Why did you become a children's nurse?

I originally trained as an orthopaedic nurse before undertaking general nurse training. One of the first wards I worked on was a paediatric orthopaedic ward where children were hospitalised, often for many months.

Similarly, on commencing my general training I was allocated to the children's ward and at that point realised that this was an area of work that I enjoyed.

What might you have done otherwise?

After I had completed my orthopaedic nurse training I planned to undertake teacher training. However, during my final allocation I met a post-registration student who was embarking on the

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