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Why community nursing is not just for older nurses

Newly qualified nurses can gain clinical skills and confidence outside the hospital setting
Samantha Hayman

Newly qualified nurses can gain clinical skills and confidence outside the hospital setting

At the end of my first year of nurse training, I had a clinical placement with a community nursing team. I loved working with the team and went away from this placement thinking that this was the type of nursing I wanted to do.

But as I continued through my training, I heard various comments – from both teaching and clinical staff – discouraging me from entering this area of practice after qualifying.

Encouraged to favour wards over the community

Individually, I was told that community nursing is ‘for the more mature nurse’, while as students collectively we were encouraged to begin our careers in a hospital setting so we could ‘gain

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