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Career profile - Phil Blunden, community psychiatric nurse, Buckinghamshire

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Job title Community psychiatric nurse
Location Buckinghamshire Hospital
Qualifications RMN, CPN (Cert), BA Hons (Community Health Studies), independent prescriber.

Why did you become a nurse?

I recently came across a quotation from Cherie Booth QC: 'Try to make a difference.'It reminded why I wanted to be a nurse. At my interview in 1989, I was asked this and replied that I wanted to make a difference. This may sound arrogant, but the idea still inspires me. Nurses have an incredible opportunity to influence people's lives.

How has your career developed since you started nursing?

I have worked as a community psychiatric nurse for almost twenty years but now practise with a much greater expertise. The fantastic thing about our work is that there is always so much more to learn.

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