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Student nurse blog: Smile like you mean it

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The simple art of smiles has Nursing Times' student nurse blogger Laura Barrie feeling all poetic

A smile. Something so simple and yet can make a patient feel 100 million times better than they did moments before. It may have been because they were lonely, afraid, or just in need of some reassurance. So, why are smiles so widely underused?

Is it our patients responsibility to understand that we have no spare time, what can only be described as a mountain of paperwork or very little staff? The answer is a big fat NO!

I want you to believe me when I say that I am not expecting nurses to smile ALL of the time – that would just be creepy. But it is important for patients to know that we aren’t robots or walking uniforms, but human beings who think, dream, and love just like they do.

I hope you understand what I am trying to say? We all want a friendly face at the bedside when we are feeling vulnerable, even if we don’t want to admit it.

So, I challenge you all, next time you see a patient, even if you are feeling stressed, overworked and undervalued – just smile!


I leave you this week with a poem that made me smile

Keep Smiling

Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it, like the flu.
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.

I passed around the corner,
and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled, I realised,
I had passed it on to him.

I thought about the grin
and then realised its worth.
A single little smile like mine
could travel round the Earth.

So if you feel a smile begin,
don't leave it undetected.
Lets start an epidemic quick,
and get the world infected!

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  • Beautiful. A smile can go a long way please keep smiling x

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  • A merry heart with a smile does you and your patients good like a medicine but a frown or a broken spirit discourages as well as drys up the bones.So keep smiling!

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  • I totally agree with u about smiling, it says more sometimes than words itself, the poem that youve mentioned is brilliant, my nanna had it at her funeral, and It made me smile just reading it again. im a mature student with 3 kids and i just want to say even thou im stressed sometimes i always make a point of smiling !!!!

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  • I totally agree with u about smiling, it says more sometimes than words itself, the poem that youve mentioned is brilliant, my nanna had it at her funeral, and It made me smile just reading it again. im a mature student with 3 kids and i just want to say even thou im stressed sometimes i always make a point of smiling !!!!

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  • I totally agree with u about smiling, it says more sometimes than words itself, the poem that youve mentioned is brilliant, my nanna had it at her funeral, and It made me smile just reading it again. im a mature student with 3 kids and i just want to say even thou im stressed sometimes i always make a point of smiling !!!!

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  • I have been smiling to my patients for the last 33 years and have never stopped. I encouraged and advised my students to do the same although I know that there are times when we cannot smile But no matter what a smile to anyone(patients or strangers on the road) goes a long way !!!!

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  • OH !!!! I LIKE THIS POEM , VERY GOOD , JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED, SMILE PLEASE !!!!!!

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