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    I went into the nursing profession, specialising in learning disability and then later mental health.

    Prior to leaving school I used to volunteer at a local school and used to support a girl during swimming lessons. She was petrified of the water and felt that she would drown. she could not put her face in the water, and refused to take her feet off the ground. She discovered that by my holding her and lying on her back she could float. She progressed to swimming independently like a fish, but on her back. As a 16 year old that achievement in helping her over come her fears and giving her confidence had a profound effect on me. I knew from the off that i didnt want to be a adult nurse, due to negative memories as a child.

    I had a vast and varied career, from training in an institutional environment, to supporting in the transition into living in the community. I completed aditional training and qualified as RMN to add to my RNMH. I worked in community forensic,and a also challenging behaviour. For the last six years i've worked in respite, which was an area i loved. Sadly staff were reconfigured last year, and had to apply for their jobs. The whole process was an awful stressful experience. After 34 years I left with my dignity intact and an orchid plant.

    I now work when I wish as a relief support worker in a local learning disabiliity home. I am proud that i can help provide a good quality of care, and support the people I care for, and not get embroilled in any politics. The organisation actually cares about the staff who work for them, and everyone seems to take a pride in what they achieve.

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    Some time ago I was working with a 75 year old patient who had been sexually, physically and psychologically abused throughout her life. She had developed chronic agorophobia having not left the confines of her house/garden for 14 years (except two emergency admissions to hospital for physical care needs). I worked with her for a substantial amount of time using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She responded well and in time I discharged her. Some time after discharge I recieved a telephone call from her stating she was in a Tesco store, some ten miles from her home, on her own doing her own shopping. She stated how wonderful life was and that lots of new opportunities had opened up for her. She said: "Thank you for making such a difference to my life." That's why I came into nursing some 34 years ago and I still get the biggest buzz ever.

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    Nursing is a huge part of my life. I had worked as a carer and enjoyed helping people so much and I could not imagine doing anything else. So I started uni to do my nursing degree and have never been happier! I now work as a practice nurse in a GP surgery so I do miss the more intimate care, but I have certainly built up good rapport with the patients I see now. The role of the nurse is ever evolving, but I feel the fundamentals remain the same - nurses care!

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