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Step up to a ward sister role

Many staff nurses aspire to be a ward sister. But making a success of one of the toughest jobs in nursing requires careful preparation. 
Step up

Many staff nurses aspire to be a ward sister. But making a success of one of the toughest jobs in nursing requires careful preparation

‘It is an absolutely huge challenge,’ Mary Callaghan says about her move to become ward sister in an elderly medical ward at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) 18 months ago.

‘It was a huge shock to the system. It makes me a feel proud, but it is a very hard job.’

Interview practice

Ms Callaghan, who made the move after working for almost two decades in the emergency department, advises those keen to follow in her footsteps to become a deputy sister first, and to find out if there are leadership and transformation courses at the trust they can take.

‘Interview practice

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