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Out of my comfort zone: supporting a boy whose mother was dying

How children’s nurse Michelle McKay's training helped her offer reassurance and support
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How children’s nurse Michelle McKay's training helped her offer reassurance and support

I recently had the experience of supporting a boy whose mother was having her care withdrawn the following day in the intensive care unit (ITU). Being a staff nurse on an acute ward, this was not a situation I had ever previously been in or had even expected to be in.

The ITU team had phoned the children’s hospital to see if there was any specific support available for him. The ward I worked on was not particularly busy and I volunteered to go across to the ITU with one of our paediatric consultants to see if there was anything we could do.

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