My job

'I love being able to influence the provision of quality care'

Associate director of nursing Jean Donaldson emphasises the importance of respect and compassion when caring for older people
Jean Donaldson

Associate director of nursing Jean Donaldson on the importance of respect and compassion when caring for older people

What is your job?

I am employed by NHS Lanarkshire and my role is associate director of nursing for South Lanarkshire Health & Social Care Partnership.

In my role I have professional responsibility for a large range of community nursing services including district nursing, health visiting, school nursing and community hospitals.

Jean Donaldson

Why did you become a nurse?

When I was growing up my mother was a domestic assistant in the local hospital and I would sometimes visit and chat with the nurses and patients. My enjoyment of this interaction influenced my career choice.

Where did you train?

As a registered general nurse at Lanarkshire School of Nursing, Monklands Hospital. Four years later, I returned to studying at


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