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Starting the dream nursing career at age 44

Award winner Sharon Manning discusses her nursing journey and shares her tips on caring for people at the end of life

Award winner Sharon Manning discusses her nursing journey and shares her tips on caring for people at the end of life

Award winning Sharon Manning, a Macmillan clinical nurse specialist in gynaecological cancer at Glan Clwyd Hospital in North Wales, has been lauded for her innovative work in end of life cancer care. But she began her NHS career in a different way.

‘I moved to Wales in 1989 not knowing anyone or the area,’ she says. ‘I was divorced with two young children and was mopping floors, cleaning toilets and doing laundry as a domestic at the same health board I work for now.

Sharon Manning

'I then decided I wanted to be a nursing auxiliary and worked in paediatrics for four years before I gained an NVQ level 3 in healthcare studies and joined the ear, nose and throat team.’

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