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'Children have different health needs - invest in research now and save money later on'

Associate professor in children and young people's nursing, Linda Milnes on why obtaining funding to elevate research can be challenging, and how her three PhD students are continuing to inspire her. 

Linda Milnes is associate professor in children and young people’s nursing at the school of healthcare, University of Leeds. Dr Milnes wants greater funding to promote research in the field, and discusses why three PhD students continue to motivate and inspire her.

Why did you become a children’s nurse?

I was caring for an eight-year-old girl with cancer while doing my general training and this secured my ambition to be a children’s nurse. At the time, open visiting hours were not an option and I remember spending many hours comforting her, talking and listening to her. I remember thinking how lonely she must have felt and that listening, reassuring and enabling children to talk about how they were feeling was essential to the role of the nurse.

It was for this reason – the connection and role as an advocate to support children

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