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How to cope with the culture shock of moving from city to country

Moving from Cardiff to rural West Wales was something of a culture shock for mental health liaison nurse Karen James, who had to overcome personal and professional challenges in her new role.
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Moving from Cardiff to rural West Wales was something of a culture shock for mental health liaison nurse Karen James, who had to overcome personal and professional challenges in her new role

In November 2016 I moved from Cardiff to West Wales after securing a job as team leader of a nascent mental health liaison service in Hywel Dda University Health Board.

I had worked in Cardiff for six years and wanted a new challenge. But after accepting the job I started to get cold feet – I was moving house and from a city to a more rural area, changing employer and area of mental health, and my new role was a promotion.

I soon discovered that the change in mental health nursing from community to

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