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'I almost missed the opportunity to be a nurse'

There is plenty of literature on the subject of returning to the nursing floor, but being an advocate for clinical working is essential for a nursing leader.

There is plenty of literature on the subject of returning to the nursing floor, but being an advocate for clinical working is essential for a nursing leader, writes Elaine Strachan-Hall

In my capacity as a director of nursing, I recently went to a ward to meet the ward sister. As I entered, the call bell was ringing and, as always, I stood back to observe what would happen. Like most wards, all the staff were with patients so no one was at the desk or available to assist. The sister emerged looking torn, and then relieved when I offered to answer the call bell.

The patient who had rung the bell was bed bound and looked embarrassed. ‘I'm sorry I’ve had an accident,’ she said. The sister offered to find someone to take over from me and, as I was anxious to

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