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Making the move from nursing to NHS management

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Jacqueline Doherty began her career as a nurse and is now chief executive of a major NHS Trust

The increasing number of clinical staff moving into management roles shows nurses shouldn’t be intimidated by making the transition from beds to boardroom.

I followed my mother into nursing as a teenager and the skills I learnt have proven invaluable: from understanding the importance of being approachable and friendly; to problem solving, listening and being a team player.

I have never considered myself career-minded and have simply followed my passion for healthcare and made the most of opportunities that have arisen.

Roman philosopher Seneca sums up how we often self-sabotage our own potential saying: ‘It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.’

My mantra has always been ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ and passion for what you do is a powerful driver for helping confront and overcome challenges.

I’ve never been one for letting other people dictate what I can and can’t do and believe any skill can be mastered with enough practice.


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