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How new challenges re-energised our nursing careers

Two nurses prompted by the pandemic to move jobs talk about their new career paths

Two nurses prompted by the pandemic to move jobs talk about their new career paths

When nurses Sabine Schwaebisch and Rhian Simmons were seconded to a COVID response unit in April 2020 they knew it would be a challenge. But what they didn’t know was that it would prompt them to take their careers in new directions.

Both had been working at Helen House , a children’s hospice in Oxford, when they volunteered for the 16-week redeployment to a former adult hospice that had been transformed into a unit for up to 26 patients with COVID-19 for whom intensive care was unsuitable.

The contrast between their usual duties as

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