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Being a parent helps me in children’s nursing

Chris Steele on how his personal experiences are used to enhance his caregiving 

Chris Steele on how his personal experiences are used to enhance his caregiving

When I tell people who know me as a father that I want to become a children's nurse, they say: 'That will be too emotionally difficult.’

I understand such opinions, but my passion for children’s nursing drives me on.

It hasn't been easy. Being part of the care for a child in respiratory arrest; seeing the effect of life-limiting conditions and end of life care on children and young people and their families; or observing how unwanted variations increase health and developmental concerns – are all part of working life in children's care.

I would come home, embrace my children and cry. Not because I was upset, but because I was thankful that I have five healthy children, who I couldn't imagine life without.

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