A helping hand: A school nurse offers a desperate young mother compassion

Date

2023

Authors

Brooks, Andrea Nicole

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Publisher

Lippincott

Abstract

I remember going to my first year of high school feeling hungry, isolated, and afraid. At lunchtime, the smells of the food in the cafeteria were overwhelmingly enticing. It only made my stomach hurt more, knowing I didn't have the money to purchase any food for myself or my unborn child. My parents had employed the tactic of starvation to try to convince me to abort my baby.

I started going to my school nurse during lunch so that I could lie down on one of the cots and avoid the fragrant smells of food. After lunch was over, I'd tell the nurse I felt better and return to class. Once a few days of this had passed, she asked me what was going on.

Description

Article originally published by AJN, American Journal of Nursing, 123(8), 64–64. English. Published 2023. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.naj.0000947500.36608.9d

Keywords

Teen pregnancy, Child abuse, Compassion in nursing

Citation

This is the publisher’s version of an article that is available at https://doi.org/10.1097/01.naj.0000947500.36608.9d. Recommended citation: Brooks, A. N. (2023). A helping hand: A school nurse offers a desperate young mother compassion. AJN, American Journal of Nursing, 123(8), 64–64. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.

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