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Blog: My father’s death inspired me to become a nurse

When her father passed away from acute myeloid leukaemia, Karen McGuigan decided to make a drastic change in her life and fulfil her lifelong ambition to become a nurse. 
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When her father passed away from acute myeloid leukaemia, Karen McGuigan decided to make a drastic change in her life and fulfil her lifelong ambition to become a nurse

I am 28 year-old nursing student in my second year of training. Two years ago, I watched my father pass away from Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.

This was the most difficult experience of my life. During the time my father was unwell I was both privileged and sad to witness some of the best and some of the worst care. This inspired me to make a drastic change in my life and follow my desire to become a nurse. I wanted to help others, and to prevent them from feeling how my father did.

The decision to retrain was an easy one as nursing was something I had always wanted to do. Now

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