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Authors

  1. Combs, Ana Nino nursing student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Abstract

Smiles are often taken for granted, but when a patient is feeling hopeless, a simple smile can be incredibly encouraging. A nurse's genuine smile can build trust and help a patient feel a little better. Nursing is more than taking care of someone physically; it also requires caring for the patient's emotional well-being. This is what I learned from my grandmother when she taught me the value of a smile.