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Staff nurse Rebecca Blackwell explains why starting her career in nursing at a hospice has been a rewarding way to start out.
Many of my colleagues thought it was odd when I chose to start my nursing career in a hospice, especially because my interest is in emergency nursing.
However, after student placements in emergency care and oncology, I decided that skills learnt in a palliative care environment would be beneficial and could be transferable to other jobs in my career.
Nine months of working in one of the most challenging and rewarding environments has not changed my view.
When I announced my intention to take my first job in a hospice, most felt that it would be emotive, depressing and difficult. Some thought it might bore me or strip me of acute nursing skills, and others suggested it was a retirement job or only achievable after years of experience.
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