Being a parent helps me in children’s nursing
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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