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Advanced nurse practitioner Christy Samuel says the challenges of her job are what makes it satisfying
Christy Samuel examining a patient

Advanced nurse practitioner Christy Samuel says the challenges of her job are what makes it satisfying

As an advanced nurse practitioner in head and neck surgery and plastics at one of London’s busiest hospitals, Christy Samuel is never quite sure what each shift will bring.

It could be a patient who is a victim of violence, often knife or even gun crime. Or it could be someone who has suffered serious burns and needs surgical input as a result.

The one thing she is pretty sure about is that it will be professionally satisfying.

‘The surgical advanced nurse practitioners are first on-call for the night shift,’ says Ms Christy, who works for St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust in South London. ‘We have a high level of autonomy – there’s no registrar on site, although there is one on call


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