Return to Nursing Practice – Dawn Wood’s Story

Resuming a career after a break is a big step, involving hard work, time and commitment, but as Dawn Wood discovered recently, ultimately positive and rewarding.

A qualified nurse, Dawn’s Registration ‘PIN’ (licence to practise) expired in 2004 after she took time out to bring up her young family. During this period, she qualified as a Tai-Chi and Pilates instructor, but the nurse inside her never really went away. Dawn undertook ‘Return to Practice’ training with Brighton University in September 2017, and when a placement arranged with another local Hospice fell through, St Wilfrid’s was approached as an alternative and was delighted to support her as part of her retraining.

Dawn started at St Wilfrid’s in November 2017 and was keen to learn more about palliative care, working under the guidance and mentorship of Registered Nurse, Lizzie Doyle, and Head of Education, Helen Evans. As well as the time spent at the Hospice, Dawn also had to undertake coursework, day release to the University, interviews and constant assessments. Despite the workload, and with the Hospice’s support and encouragement, she re-qualified and is now back working in the nursing profession.

If anything of Dawn’s story strikes a chord, the Hospice would be delighted to hear from anyone who is thinking of re-qualifying as a nurse after a career break.