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Doing a master’s proved to be a catalyst for promotion – despite my lack of a grand plan

Specialist nurse practitioner Helen Burke explains how continued study boosted her career
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Specialist nurse practitioner Helen Burke explains how continued study boosted her career

I completed my master’s studies last year, four years after finishing my postgraduate diploma in specialist community public health nursing.

I chose to explore school nurses' perceptions of their role in supporting adolescents with anxiety and depression. Evidence suggests school nurses play an important part in supporting young people with mental health difficulties but the role is not clearly defined. Preliminary research indicated that school nurses were searching for ways to support young people but were unsure if they were doing the right thing due to a lack of knowledge, training and standardised policies and procedures to validate their work.

Applying for sponsorship focused my thinking

To complete my master’s qualification I needed to secure

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