‘The ability to make a sick child smile is priceless’
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‘The ability to make a sick child smile is priceless’

University of Southampton emeritus professor of children and young people’s nursing Alan Glasper discusses how he became the first active children’s nurse to achieve professorial status

Why did you become a children’s nurse?

I trained as an orthopaedic nurse before undertaking general nurse training. One of the first wards I worked on was a paediatric orthopaedic ward where children were hospitalised, often for many months. Similarly, while beginning general training I was allocated to a children’s ward and realised that this was an area of work that I enjoyed.

Nursing Children and Young People. 30, 2, 17-17. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.30.2.17.s16

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