If you are thinking about returning to practice take a look at Kathryn's journey for inspiration.
After 10 years out of practice I was extremely nervous about returning however it has been inspirational, informative, fun and exciting. I have absolutely loved it.
I originally trained in The Royal London in 1985 and did my ITU course at Guys, London a few years later. After a couple of hospital ITU posts I landed a job in aviation medicine which was a great experience, travelling the world transporting ITU patients back the UK for treatment. Despite this being exciting and rewarding because of the intensity it’s evidently a job for a younger person. Personal reasons brought me up north where I worked in the Friarge Hospital as a Sister in ITU for four years. As family life developed it was time to give up nursing and concentrate on my children and the family business.
The passion to be a nurse was still with me when the children grew up and became independent, so I jumped at the chance to do the RTP course at Teesside University and was accepted onto the course in October 2014. With support of Dr Pat Bramble, Senior Lecturer on the RTP course and her team, I have been brought up to date to nurse in the modern world both practically and academically. I missed out on doing my degree as I finished nursing just as I was about to start it so I was nervous about going in at such a level and at a reasonably mature age I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to write to the required level. And yes I have had to work hard, however I was led with great expertise and the sense of achievement once reaching near to the end is immense.
I feel that I have a lot of my old self back that has been lost. I know that I have a lot more to give and at a mature age I have a new drive and want to learn each day.
Pending completion of this course I have secured a job in cardiology. I hope to go into cardiac rehabilitation in the near future but know that I need to have a good amount of time back on the ward before doing so. I also have been funded to do my degree which I’m grateful to my trust for and I plan to proceed with my degree and focus on cardiac medicine.
RTP has been a wonderful experience for me. I am so fortunate that I have been able to dip in and out of my career as my life has needed me too and I’m looking forward to the future.