Practice Educator, Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust, London

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“No matter what my future life looks like, nursing means I'll be able to work in a job I enjoy and which fits around that life. I feel I've managed to create a fantastic platform for whatever comes next.”

What do you do?

I support 50 staff nurses on Great Ormond Street Hospital's rotational programme . These nurses do a six-month placement in each of three different units, which helps them to develop a range of transferable clinical skills and the flexibility to work anywhere.

My role includes recruiting and selecting staff nurses and supporting them throughout the programme. I've also set up an induction programme to orientate all new nurses.

What is your typical day?

I work a four-day week, 8am-6pm, split between office and clinical work. I handle placement scheduling, training, and deal with any performance or personal issues nurses may have. The rest of my time is spent observing nurses at patients' bedsides and signing off their practical skills.

This job allows me to work very independently. I like having the flexibility to plan my own diary and do my job to the best of my ability. The best part is seeing nervous, newly qualified nurses transform into confident, enthusiastic professionals.

No matter what my future life looks like, nursing means I'll be able to work in a job I enjoy and which fits around that life. I feel I've managed to create a fantastic platform for whatever comes next.