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Why did you become a nurse?
I had worked as a care assistant in a nursing home and was studying for a degree in biology and education and wanted to develop a career in public health. A careers advisor suggested nursing to gain health experience.

How has your career developed since you started nursing?
I worked on a renal unit for four years, gaining a renal nurse qualification and experience in acute and chronic care. I also dipped my toe in community nursing and started a master's degree in public health.

After a brief period in acute medicine, high dependency and coronary care, I moved into practice nursing. Although I had thought I would work in public health, I realised I would miss the patient contact and have stayed in nursing ever since.

I did the independent nurse prescribing training and worked with asylum seekers, drug users and the homeless in an inner city practice and then as one of the first community matrons for three years.

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