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‘Nursing is where I belong, it’s integral to being me’

School nurse Clare Squires explains why juggling lots of demands in a short amount of time is key to her role
Clare Squires

Clare Squires is a school nurse for St Martins Hospital in Bath. She works with pupils, parents, carers and teachers, offering support and advice on a range of issues from obesity to sexual health.

She carries out immunisations and screening programmes, manages medical conditions and is a member of the child protection team.

Why did you become a children’s nurse?

When I was training in the 1980s everyone did a paediatric placement and mine was on an orthopaedic children’s ward.

Many of the children were essentially ‘well’ children that were marooned in the beds. The atmosphere was markedly lighter than other wards and I realised that children’s nursing was the place for me.

What might you have done otherwise?

At 18 I thought I might become famous for some ridiculously heroic act but failing that I briefly contemplated

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