Return to Practice nurse in Devon
Return to Practice nurse at Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
My Return to Practice journey has proved to be an exciting, challenging and rewarding experience. I left nursing for seven years due to family ill health, but returned in 2014. My ultimate goal had always been to continue my career in Intensive Care, which is where the majority of my previous nursing experience lay.
I felt extremely fortunate to gain a placement in the Intensive Care Unit at The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, with the offer of a staff nurse position once I had re-registered. I undertook my return to practice course at Plymouth University.
Initially, the thought of producing a level-six clinical paper and completing a practice portfolio of clinical competencies seemed quite daunting. However, everyone in my cohort pulled together to support each other, and without exception, the staff who guided me through those early days were professional, encouraging and approachable.
I worked regularly with my sign-off mentor, achieving the competencies at a pace that worked well for me taking into account my previous nursing experience. Some aspects of clinical practice have changed over the years but the basics are reassuringly the same. I’m extremely happy in my renewed caree