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Can poems help address stress in nursing?

Nursing lecturer Marie Clancy says scribbling a short poem after an upsetting shift might help staff put the troubles of a gruelling day behind them.
Nurse writing therapeutic poem

Nursing lecturer Marie Clancy says scribbling a short poem after an upsetting shift might help staff put the troubles of a gruelling day behind them

Ever had one of those shifts where everything seems to rain down on your head? You hand over, go home, try to switch off but things linger? Feelings of frustration, incompetence, sadness or anger continue to buzz around your head?

Well, I’m a children’s nurse by background, so I’ve had dark days when I’ve considered handing in my nursing uniform. But something I’ve always done, almost absent-mindedly, has helped me and seems to have the potential to help other nurses.

Since childhood I’ve written and read poetry. For me, like reading a novel, poetry offered a gateway to somewhere else, to being someone else and escaping everyday life. In the past I wrote poetry when something pretty major compelled me to,

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