‘The broader your experience, the better you become’
Director of health and well-being at the Royal Hospital Chelsea Deborah Sturdy on why older people’s nurses should challenge the status quo.
Picture: Charles Milligan
What is your job?
I have recently taken up a new and exciting role as director of health and well-being at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. I will lead the social care and health team, including the nursing team, who care for the 320 pensioners living at the hospital.
How did you become an older people’s nurse?
I always wanted to work with older people. As a nursing student on my second clinical placement, I witnessed care that was so dehumanising I thought I would leave the profession. I was given the option to go or stay and do something about it so I decided I would focus on changing what I thought was unacceptable....
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