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Addressing the issues of high turnover rates in senior nurse roles

A departing nurse director has spoken of the ‘anxiety of individuality’ sometimes felt in senior roles such as hers

A departing nurse director has spoken of the ‘anxiety of individuality’ sometimes felt in senior roles such as hers

Heather Caudle is leaving her position as chief nurse at Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey, to take up a new post with NHS England.

Heather Caudle Picture: Barney Newman

But she told a fringe event at this year’s RCN congress that roles such as hers can be isolating due to a combination of factors including being a decision maker and being ‘different’.

Ms Caudle has a mental health nurse background, but in 2014 went on to become chief nurse at Ashford and St Peter’s, which she joined in 2011 as associate director of quality.

This month (July), she takes up the role of director of nursing for improvement at NHS England.

During the congress session, called Nursing directors: heroes or

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