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Dawne Garrett: ‘I love complexity’

RCN professional lead for older people and dementia care Dawne Garrett on why care of older people is the core of adult nursing

RCN professional lead for older people and dementia care, Dawne Garrett on why care of older people is the core of adult nursing.

Why did you become a nurse?

I had a career in banking which was well paid and exciting, but essentially unrewarding. My neighbours were both nurses and suggested it might suit me.

What might you have done otherwise?

I have a background in theatre studies so possibly something in the arts. While working for an airline, I did fancy being an air traffic controller. I'm still thinking what my next career might be.

Where did you train?

On the Isle of Wight. It was fabulous; we had small intakes and were exposed to so many different types of nursing in a flexible atmosphere.

Why did you choose to specialise in care of

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