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Nurse apprenticeships: why they’re a great way to start your nursing career

Minister and former nurse Anne Milton urges would-be nurses to consider apprenticeships
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Minister and former nurse Anne Milton urges would-be nurses to consider apprenticeships

I will never forget the feeling of excitement and nerves as I arrived at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London for my first day as a nurse apprentice. It was 19 August 1974.

I hadn’t always known what I wanted to do, but nursing turned out to be a fantastic career choice for me: it gave me the chance to earn while I learned, and move my life to London, which was an exciting prospect for an 18 year old.

Of course, learning is an important aspect of any apprenticeship and one of my proudest moments was when I realised my medical knowledge was as strong as that of the junior doctors I was working with.

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