Kayleigh Peel: Tragedy looms for the NHS unless nursing recaptures its appeal
Newly qualified nurse Kayleigh Peel loves her job, but short staffing, low pay and lack of funding to aid career progression are making her question her career choices
As a newly qualified nurse starting my first staff nurse post, I have already spent hundreds of unpaid hours working in the NHS. Most other graduates entering a profession cannot even come close to claiming this type of experience when starting their first role.
When I began my degree three years ago I was enthralled by working on the wards. During my training I have observed open heart surgery and hysterectomies, spent time nursing in Zambia and participated in research studies that could shape the future of nursing.
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