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Is a return-to-practice course right for you?

How a 16-week programme tackles the challenges of returning after a career break
University programmes can help to restore skills and confidence of qualified nurses who want to return to nursing

How a 16-week programme prepares nurses for the challenges of returning after a career break or change, or early retirement

For those who have been out of nursing for a while, returning to practice can feel daunting.

University programmes for qualified nurses who want to return to the profession can help restore skills and confidence.

‘For most students, the biggest challenge is anxiety before they start the course,’ says senior lecturer Ros Wray, who leads the return to professional practice course at the University of Northampton.

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