Nurses are special people. They love to help others and that’s why they often miss caring for patients if they take a career break or early retirement.

The reasons for leaving nursing often include problems in fitting shift work around children and other caring commitments.  Later in life many nurses take early retirement even though they would still like to work part-time during the day.

General Practice Nursing may be the perfect answer because many practices offer flexible working and there are no night shifts.

The NHS is keen to support experienced nurses to return to practice and is offering up £500 for expenses when nurses train to renew their Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) licence. Short Return to Practice courses are now available across England including specific modules to prepare nurses for General Practice roles along with a high level of personal support and encouragement from course mentors.

Check out this short film to see how nurses Jenny and Lesley’s lives were change by returning to practice.

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