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A challenging transition

Making the move from HCA to nurse requires enormous effort and resilience, so it helps if nursing is a labour of love
Career transition

Making the move from HCA to nurse requires enormous effort and resilience, so it helps if nursing is a labour of love

After leaving school, I had no idea what I wanted to do until I became a healthcare assistant (HCA) on a paediatric cardiac ward in Bristol.

Walking on to the ward on my first day, I felt at home. It was exhilarating, exhausting and terrifying. I was 21 and straightaway felt that this was what I would be doing with the rest of my life.

I moved to Brighton to work in the children’s emergency department and learned so much, not just clinical skills but also how to unwind after a traumatic day, stay calm in a crisis and deal with five night shifts in a row. But much as I

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