My job

‘Above all, be brave’

Sheila Burns, director of nursing at a North Carolina prison service, urges newly registered nurses to try out different career options.
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Sheila Burns, director of nursing at a North Carolina prison service, urges newly registered nurses to try out different career options.

What is your job?

My new role is director of nursing at Guilford County Detention Centers, North Carolina. I manage three sites across the county, with around 1,300 inmates including women and juveniles.

Why did you become a nurse?

It seemed to fit my personality and I was always interested in people. When I was 17, I worked as a nursing assistant in a nursing home and enjoyed looking after the residents, even though it was one of the hardest jobs I have ever had.

Where did you train?

I graduated with a bachelor of nursing with registered general nursing qualification from University of Glasgow in 1993. During 2016, I completed my master of science (MSc) degree

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