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My motivations and first destination into a community staff nurse post

Following a 12-week placement as a community nurse, Hattie Domagala explains why team support can really matter in lone working
Hattie Domagala

Following a 12-week placement as a community nurse, Hattie Domagala explains why team support can really matter in lone working

In my final year as a student at Kingston and St George's University, London, I carried out a 12-week placement which involved working in the community in a district nursing team. I was given my own caseload of clients to see each day, allowing me to experience the reality of working as an autonomous practitioner.

It offered me a good insight into the highs and lows of day-to-day life as a community staff nurse (CSN) and helped me realise that when you walk into a house, it is not always a straightforward ‘task’ but rapid decision making that is often needed.

People told me that being a CSN was an ‘easy’ career choice, which made me doubt the role. What cemented

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