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'Take the risks to better your career prospects'

Senior lecturer Nicola Evans, on how taking all opportunities can provide the best outcomes for your career, and how winning the RCN Wales Research in Nursing award broadened the horizons for child and adolescent mental health services.

Senior lecturer Nicola Evans, on how taking all opportunities can provide the best outcomes for your career, and how winning the RCN Wales Research in Nursing award broadened the horizons for child and adolescent mental health services.

Why did you become a nurse?

I ‘fell’ into nursing during my early twenties. I wanted to develop a people-focused career in an area where I thought I could make a difference to people’s lives. Looking back, I was naive and had no idea about mental healthcare, but like many young adults I was full of ideas and optimism.

What’s the main focus of your current role?

Part of my role is working with student mental health nurses during their undergraduate programme. I also support postgraduate students on programmes and supervise the studies of a small number of doctoral students. I have

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