My job

Putting your best foot forward to combat social isolation

Advanced nurse practitioner, Clare Mechen on why a simple gesture can make the biggest difference to your day.

What is your job?

Clare Mechen Picture: David Gee

I currently work as an advanced nurse practitioner and clinical nurse manager for The Adam Practice in Dorset. My job combines a clinical aspect, treating patients autonomously, and leading others to support and develop the practice nursing team.

I am also the clinical lead for The Best Foot Forward Leg Club and recently appointed clinical development nurse for the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation. Nursing staff and volunteers work together to provide holistic care to patients with lower limb conditions.

Why did you become a nurse?

Even as a young child, I wanted to look after people or animals. I was always bandaging our family dog and treating her! After leaving school, I was offered a hairdressing apprenticeship. However, I decided it wasn’t for me and applied for nurse training, and never looked back.

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