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The most significant posts that have shaped my career include 10 years as a Health Visitor, 4 years as a Nurse Manager and 2 years as a Nurse Commissioner. All the posts have created many opportunities and challenges, which have shaped my growth in personal and professional development.
I have always been interested in developing new initiatives and improving services for patients/clients, especially children and families.
I feel that studying for my Degree in Health Studies and MSC in Health Promotion allowed me the opportunity to develop research skills, as my interest is in evidence based practice.
My participation in the Women in Management course (The Beeches) and the DHSS/Queen's Institute Leadership Programme helped me to consider my current role, analyse my strengths, weaknesses, and skills and help shape my career development.
Another significant opportunity that shaped my career was when I held a nursing post on the Local Health and Social Care group for 2 years. That post was an introduction for me to nurse commissioning and planning of services. It was an excellent preparation for my current role.
It is important to seize the opportunity to be involved in any sort of changes or developments within your existing organisation. This will provide valuable learning experiences for you and help in your professional development.
You should arrange to spend some time with a Nurse Commissioner or a Planning Department to gain an insight into the work they do on a daily basis. You should express a keen interest to be involved in any Nursing Projects/Developments in your area.
You should try and become involved in multidisciplinary partnerships/interagency partnerships, using every opportunity to network when you can. These relationships are important and you can learn a lot from colleagues in other disciplines.
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