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Return to practice: bringing my life experiences to a new nursing career

After 25 years away from nursing, work in menopause education drew Ruth Devlin back
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After 25 years away from nursing, work in menopause education drew Ruth Devlin back

I started my nurse training age 19 at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, qualifying in 1987. I am now 54 and after more than 25 years out of the nursing profession, I recently completed a return-to-practice course.

I spent seven years in clinical practice after qualifying, mostly in theatre nursing, before leaving the profession to pursue my creative interests.

After training as a traditional upholsterer with a small Edinburgh-based company, I set up my own business. I also taught upholstery evening classes before taking over a family fire bellows business.

In 2014, after experiencing perimenopausal symptoms and realising the lack of consistent information available, I founded Let’s

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