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Career Profile - Tracy Means, Lincolnshire

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Why did you become a nurse?
As a teenager I would go to work with my mum in a family-run nursing home and help make beds and give out drinks. The matron had been a nursing cadet before training and was so inspiring I went to college to do a pre-nursing course before going on to train in Lincolnshire when I was 18. I have never looked back.

How has your career developed since you started nursing?
I started training but, due to unforeseen circumstances, had to stop for a while and work as an auxiliary nurse. I completed enrolled nurse training, but jobs were hard to come by so I converted to RGN.

During this time I had the chance to work on the community bank, which encouraged me to do district nurse training. I came to back to Lincolnshire six years ago to take on the position of district nurse team leader and was supported by the trust to take an independent prescribing course which is helps in my role as a respiratory complex case manager

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