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“Practical skills must be taught to ensure compassionate care”

Recent reports into poor care have led to a heated debate about compassion in nursing. Many have characterised compassion as a personal characteristic or value that has been lost as nursing has moved away from vocation and towards a knowledge-based (and therefore university-based) profession. As a nurse with a doctorate, I can’t accept this argument.

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