Why did you become a nurse?
I wanted to be a nursery nurse but in South Wales the places were limited and I was persuaded by my careers teacher that I would make a good nurse. I was offered a place as a pupil nurse at Neville Hall Hospital, Abergavenny. The enrolled nurse training was very practical and helped me develop the 'art' of nursing.
How has your career developed since you started nursing?
I qualified in 1984 and undertook the conversion course, becoming a staff nurse in 1993, before moving into a community setting on a busy district nursing team. It was practical, interesting and varied, which I loved.
In 1998, I gained a BSc (Hons) Specialist Practitioner (District Nursing) and worked as a community matron.
As a district nurse, I realised there was a gap within the community in lymphoedema and chronic oedema management and undertook lymphoedema training.