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Career Profile - Jenny Aston

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Why did you become a nurse?
I went into nursing because I thought it would be more interesting then physiotherapy. I had spent two years in hospital as a young child which may also have played a part in my choice. I also did a gap year in New Zealand where I worked as a nursing assistant.

How has your career developed since you started nursing?
Initially, I followed a fairly traditional path working as a staff nurse in Westminster, where I trained. I became a ward sister at King's College, then returned to start training and working as a clinical teacher. Having had a career break to have children, I began working in a single-handed GP practice in South London. Realising I had no relevant skills, I sought out every available course including the RCN-accredited Nurse Practitioner course. After leaving London, it proved difficult to find a nurse practitioner post so I retrained in


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