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The challenge of attracting students to older people's nursing

This feature in our careers series hears from a newly qualified nurse who is working with older people and explores opportunities in education, research and development

This feature in our careers series hears from a newly qualified nurse who is working with older people and explores opportunities in education, research and development

Juliana Thompson

‘Placements in the care and voluntary sectors can change perceptions about older people’s nursing’

Adult nursing lecturer Juliana Thompson says she had an epiphany about becoming an older people’s nurse after a 15-year accountancy career.

‘I was always attracted to older people’s nursing, but my family steered me away from it as perhaps it wasn’t seen by them as a “proper profession” to pursue in the 1980s,’ she says.

'Through working with an older person, you are contributing to their continuity of life'

‘I’m from a working-class upbringing and I was the first person in my family to study

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