My job: nursing professor of stroke care Professor Dame Caroline Watkins
The UK’s only nursing professor of stroke care explains why nurses in clinical practice are uniquely placed to inform research questions
Why did you become a nurse? What might you have done otherwise?
I wanted to make a positive contribution to society and have always liked to care for people and animals.
I worked as a staff nurse on acute medical wards and an intensive care unit before working for social services in older people's residential care. I returned to nursing as an infection control nurse.
I began an Open University science foundation degree and went to night school to do a further education teaching certificate. Here I met a mature student who was doing a full-time degree and persuaded me to apply for full-time higher education. I got on the psychology course at Liverpool University. While I loved it I...
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