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Meeting the challenges of returning to practice

Return to nursing can seem daunting, but the core values of the profession are unchanged
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Return to nursing can seem daunting, but the core values of the profession are unchanged

I had worked in nursing for 20 years before I left and had acquired a wealth of experience in the role.

When I returned to practice 12 years later, I brought with me maturity and a level of confidence about interacting with people, as well as experience of other work settings.

I left nursing in 2005 because I could not reconcile the increasing demands of the service with the needs of my family. I had felt I was failing both and something had to give.

I had intended to return to nursing after a short break but, when a local school offered me a part-time job providing learning support for children with special needs, I chose to work in education.

However, my role in

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