Visual display was always a big passion for me, and after a few years in the retail game I specialised in training staff all around the country how to design their shop layouts and maintain the high standards required. After starting a family, this was no longer an achievable role to continue, so took a bit of a side step into management.
I went through a period of readjustment in the mid naughties with changing jobs to work more locally, moving house and coping with life after becoming single parent. By complete fluke I fell into my next career. I was having lunch one day when the local paper came through the door (remember those?) and saw there was an open day that afternoon to study adult nursing. I’m not really sure what made me go, but I did, signed up and started the intensive 3 year course a month later! Nursing was never something I aspired to doing; it was never on the radar, yet I found great strength and a sense of purpose during a difficult transitional period. I worked in both the hospital and community settings and found my passion to be in tissue viability and wound care; making a difference and seeing someone heal was such a great feeling and knowing I contributed to their progress of care gave me a sense of pride.