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Career Profile - Linda Drake, Southwark, London

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Why did you become a nurse?

I drifted into nursing, having left school with no clear idea of what I wanted to do, but knowing I didn't want to go to university. I got a job as an HCA at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, and discovered the job that became the love of my life.

How has your career developed since you started nursing?

When I started as a practice nurse (PN) over 25 years ago, the role was in its infancy. It has evolved into a career which allows PNs to manage an independent case load, including prescribing. There is scope for developing specialist clinical skills while providing a generalist service, including health promotion. My master's degree was in primary care development and a continuing interest in health and social policy has paid dividends in supporting my position as the PN member of NHS Southwark CCG.

What are the best and worst parts of your job?

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