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"I qualified in 2018 after studying at Surrey University. I decided to become a nurse as I loved Human Biology at college and was drawn to a job where I would be caring for others.
"I didn’t have any clinical experience before starting my nursing course so it was quite daunting. However, it was my Second year placement with my current team where I fell in love with Community Nursing. I had incredible mentors who taught me so much and talking to the Newly Qualified nurses in the team helped ease the doubts I initially had about joining a community team as soon as I qualified
“The work we do is so varied from blood tests to palliative care- you name it we do it! The best part of my job is developing relationships with my patients. We see the same patients for weeks, months or years and this allows you to get to know them in a way you can’t always in an inpatient setting. As a community nurse the patient trusts you completely and sometimes you are the single point of access so become their eyes and ears.
“When you are seeing a patient for palliative care you get to know them and their family so well and build a therapeutic relationship. It can be upsetting when a patient passes on but then I look back and know I did all I could to help them die with peace and dignity in a place of their choosing.
“Community nursing at first seemed daunting to me because when you are on visits you are alone and have to rely on your instinct. However, I know that I can always get support from my managers and every day we have a handover where I can ask advice.
“I feel so supported in my job and there is so much training available to me, which allows me to keep up my clinical skills. I love being a community nurse because it lets me make a unique difference to somebodies life when they need it most.