The Importance of Hugs/Physical Touch

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  2. I just got the following in an email from my mom. Let us NEVER lose sight of this as nurses. Hi tech too often means 'low touch' especially with SARS on everyone's mind.

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  4. by   prmenrs
    This article and picture is from ? 5+ years ago, and many NICU's have used it as ammunition to implement co-bedding for multiples.
  5. by   jnette
    Yes.. wonderful article ! A friend had sent that to me some time ago !

    I'm a firm believer in touch, a smile, and looking in the eyes.

    But touch just comes so naturally for me.. I never even give it a second thought as something I "should" do.
  6. by   warrior woman
    It is so easy to lose sight of the "human" side of nursing. Touch is a wonderful gift for us not just as nurses, but as humans to utilize. Just the act of touching someone's hand when they'rre down can make their whole day. We must learn to love with our whole hearts again. Reaching out to others with a loving touch is a wonderful way to show you care. Like the song says: "Reach out and touch somebody's hand. Make this world a better place if you can." Warrior Woman.
  7. by   boggle
    Remember the books/ research by Ashley Montegue about the inportance of touching for development and emotional health? I read his book "Touching" 20 years ago during Maternal/Child Health in school. I hope that book and the ideas he promoted are still being discussed in Nursing schools.
  8. by   altomga
    although I have seen this picture many times...(and I don't work with babies)
    It always...each me a warm feeling all over.
    It makes us remember the innocence of love and the power of the human touch...
    If only people did not lose these simple concepts with age.
    Thanks for reminding all of us!
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    the human touch, when correctly applied, heals as surely as any medicine, surgery or herb can. i have seen it. healing touch seminars teach it. it is vital and cannot be over-stated, as long as we are mindful of cultural variances in applying touch, it is a strong tool we carry as nurses in caring for people and loved ones.