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Starting out: facing the unfixable

Nurses have a desire to fix and help, but what happens when you face the unfixable?
Emma Cowen

Nurses have a desire to fix and help, but what happens when you face the unfixable?

One of the hardest parts of nursing is realising how closely death walks beside you. It can be easy to forget this during our everyday work. Most of our job is fixing and repairing.

Our role is seeing what is hurting or broken in a child or young person and then trying our hardest to fix it. Sometimes it is a simple fix – a dressing on a cut or a reassuring word to an anxious patient. Sometimes your task in fixing someone is one small part of a complex series of events carried out by the rest of the team.

'We also have a duty to the family and being able to make this unbearable situation in anyway more tolerable is an honour'

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