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Award winning nurse leader wants you to challenge the typical medical model and inequalities in the profession

Tanya Strange pioneered  a prescription for loneliness – after findings suggested elderly patients were visiting GP surgeries because they were lonely, and not ill

Tanya Strange pioneered a prescription for loneliness – after findings suggested elderly patients were visiting GP surgeries because they were lonely, and not ill. Her work has been rewarded with two RCN Wales awards: Innovation in Nursing Award and Lifetime Achievement Award.

What is your current role?

I am a divisional nurse and associate director of nursing for primary and community care in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. My role encompasses professional accountability for nursing across primary and community care, workforce planning, patient experience and safeguarding. I am the corporate nursing lead for older people and professionally accountable for a number of clinical services.

Why did you become a nurse?

I was working as an unregistered ‘officer in charge’ of a residential home and over time many older people coming to live in the home had dementia. Our workforce was not

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