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‘Nurses can’t wait for a place at the table, we need to take it’

In his director role at NHS England, Paul Vaughan is pushing boundaries that hold nurses back

In his director role at NHS England, Paul Vaughan is pushing boundaries that hold nurses back

Paul Vaughan found out by accident that men could be nurses. Growing up in the Republic of Ireland, he never encountered a male nurse and had no idea that such a being was possible. He worked for the civil service, then in a building society, and spent four and a half years training to be a priest before nursing even entered his head. When I decided not to go ahead with the priesthood I went back to the building society and thought, really, this isnt what I want to do.

By chance, I went to visit a friend in England and met a friend of his who said he


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