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Bringing a smile to help in the tough times

Caring for a young teenager reminded children's nursing student Harriet Pollard why taking care of the emotional well-being of children and young people is equally as important as addressing their physical health needs.
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Caring for a young teenager reminded children's nursing student Harriet Pollard why taking care of the emotional well-being of children and young people is equally as important as addressing their physical health needs

At the start of my second year of training I was working on a cardiac ward where I helped to care for a young teen who was awaiting surgery.

I had been looking after the patient, who I will call Max, for a few weeks. When I went to see him one day at the start of my shift he didn't seem quite himself, despite the night staff saying in the handover that he had had a good night and was settled.

Max was curled up on the bed under the covers in the darkness. When I

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