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Former RCNi nursing student of the year Zoe Butler explains how she is using her new role as a university lecturer to inspire students
Zoe Butler

Former RCNi nursing student of the year Zoe Butler explains how she is using her new role as a university lecturer to inspire students

Former RCNi nursing student of the year Zoe Butler has landed a new post, becoming what many believe is the country’s youngest university lecturer.

‘The expectations are quite scary and some people have said I’m a bit young,’ says Ms Butler, who is 22 and qualified as a nurse in summer 2017. ‘But there’s a benefit to that too. With the younger students, it’s almost saying, “if I can do it, you can too”. It inspires them to go forwards.’

As a lecturer in assistant practitioners in health and social care at Cumbria University –

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