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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | October 2014

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There’s so much more to health visiting than weighing babies

There’s so much more to health visiting than weighing babies
Editorial

Pages: 14 - 15

Article topics: Babies, Health Visiting, Weighing

What is a health visitor? What do they do? Indulge me for a moment and reflect on your immediate response to that question. Weighing babies was in there, wasn’t it? Don’t worry, you’re not alone — I recently asked a random sample of service users and healthcare professionals the same question and ‘weighing babies’ also featured highly in their perception of the health visitor’s role. Few could explain the role succinctly and most struggled to quantify exactly what it is we do. Indeed, my own health visitor colleagues had trouble explaining their jobs as they represent so many things to so many people.