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Career profile: Claire O’Connor

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Why did you become a nurse?
I was fortunate enough to land a job as a carer for the elderly. I used to look after people in their own homes and I loved it. From that point on I had the caring bug and was desperate to pursue a nursing career, but I had moved out of the family home and lived alone in a flat that I somehow had to pay for. However, after a determined chat with myself, I decided to start access to university when my child was three months old. I thought if I could do a course at that time in my life, then I could do anything and I was right. I was offered a university place as soon as the access course finished and I started my destined career choice at one of the most difficult times of my life.

How has your career developed since you started nursing?
After careful consideration, I decided an A&E staff nurse job would provide me with a lot of experience. I spent two and a half years in A&E and felt that I learned so much. During that time I also completed my advanced A&E clinical course in acute care and emergency medicine at university so I felt as though I ha


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