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Forum Focus: finding your feet in a new career

As exam results are issued and careers begin, RCN cancer and breast care forum Susanne Cruickshank reminisces about her first job, and the journey into cancer nursing.  

As exam results are issued and careers begin, RCN cancer and breast care forum chair Susanne Cruickshank reminisces about her first job, and the journey into cancer nursing.

It is that time of year when newly qualified doctors and nurses begin their careers in the NHS. As a mother of a junior doctor, and a teacher to 14 nursing students, I have never been more acutely aware of the emotional rollercoaster that precedes the first job.

Nursing students are excited, but also anxious as they go through a series of interviews to find their first job. How many of them will end up working in cancer and palliative care services will be shaped by their early workplace experiences. I know

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