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Helping older people access the best acute hospital care

The first feature in a series looking at career pathways in caring for older people looks at two advanced nurse practitioners working in acute hospital settings
Wendy Mashlan treating an elderly female patient

The first feature in a series looking at career pathways in caring for older people looks at two advanced nurse practitioners working in acute hospital settings

‘We are no longer in a world where it is rare to live past 65’ Wendy Mashlan

Even in her early days as a nursing student Wendy Mashlan recognised that working with older people was rewarding and challenging.

She says: 'I started to realise that older people might not come into hospital with just one problem; they could have other complex clinical or psychological needs. I knew it was about looking at the older patient as a whole and from a different perspective - that was what interested me.'

Ms Mashlan, who is lead advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) in care of elderly medicine at Princess

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