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My journey back to front line nursing

Ali Richards had been away from clinical practice for more than two decades when she decided to take a job as a staff nurse on an acute ward. She has discovered she has a lot to learn, but also plenty to offer

Ali Richards had been away from clinical practice for more than two decades when she decided to take a job as a staff nurse on an acute ward. She has discovered she has a lot to learn, but also plenty to offer

After 25 years working in leadership and management in the NHS, the private sector and across the UK and Ireland, I decided to return to being a staff nurse on an acute clinical ward.

‘Why on earth would you do that?’ is the usual response I get when I tell people about my career change, quickly followed by comments about my bravery.

To answer the question, I need to explain that I nursed my mother while she lived with me through her last

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