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Invest in your own well-being on a French retreat

Investing in your own well-being while being a nurse can often be a stuggle, but all you need is a space to think

Investing in your own well-being while being a nurse can often be a stuggle, but as Sue Lennon discovered, all you need is a space to think – in her case, an idyllic French getaway

Nearly two years ago, I took the scary step of handing in my notice as a Macmillan nurse specialist and emigrating to live in the French countryside. I’d been in nursing for 30 years and achieved my goal to become a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in 2002, specialising in urology oncology.

I embraced all the opportunities to learn, study and develop my service, but by year seven I was exhausted and ill. As the only CNS in my department, I’d been drowning in work for some time. I’d delegated what I could, but keeping up with the ever-increasing number of patients, striving to maintain a

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