Career advice

Keep it in the family

Ruth May is one of the UK's most senior nurses, but she’s most proud of her work on relieving pressure ulcers  
Ruth May

Picture credit: Mark Hakansson

Ruth May is executive nursing director at NHS Improvement

Why did you become a nurse?

Because my mother told me to! She was a nurse, as was my aunt. In fact, my mum only left nursing to get married and have me. I did some voluntary work at a nursing home in Pontypool, which, other than the smell of talc, I found really enjoyable, so I decided I’d like to do more of it and have never regretted it.

What might you have done otherwise?

I was going to become a chef.

How and where have you developed your leadership skills?


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