My job

'Pulmonary rehabilitation gives people confidence to get on with their lives'

Recently made a Queen’s Nurse by the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland, community respiratory nurse specialist Michelle Duffy aims to influence change in the care of older people living with chronic conditions
Michelle Duffy

Recently made a Queen’s Nurse by the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland, community respiratory nurse specialist Michelle Duffy aims to influence change in the care of older people living with chronic conditions

What is your job?

I’m a community respiratory nurse specialist in NHS Highland, Scotland and part of a team caring for people with chronic respiratory conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchiectasis or pulmonary fibrosis. I see them either at home or in clinics.

Where did you train?

I was brought up in Lanarkshire and discovered the Highlands after a visit to Skye with my parents. I decided to apply to train in Inverness. During my training, I had placements in hospitals and communities all over the Highlands.

Why did you become a nurse?

Initially, I

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