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Self harm is not an illness but a symptom of something deeper, children's nurses are told

Children's nurses are increasing having to deal with young people who have self harmed and need to develop more skills in dealing with such patients, the Nursing Children and Young People journal conference was told.

Children's nurses are increasingly having to deal with young people who have self harmed and need to develop more skills in dealing with such patients, the Nursing Children and Young People journal conference was told.

Senior lecturer at Coventry University Laurence Baldwin told the first ever Nursing Children and Young People conference at Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool that children and young people with mental health conditions can be challenging for children’s nurses who have not been trained in mental health issues traditionally.

He said nurses can feel fear, confusion at the patient’s choice to self-harm, disgust at their actions, pity, anger, irritation at how time consuming they are, and helplessness because they don’t know how to help the patient.

‘So just have a think,’ he said, urging nurses to be aware of their

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