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I still get to see patients though, which I like, even though I do not look after them on a daily basis like the nurses. All the things I do, like going to meetings or writing reports, all help towards the standard of care we provide for patients. So I am still helping them.

I have to make a lot of decisions, so I need to keep up to date with what is happening nationally, and what, as an organisation we are doing well, or need to improve on. I have to change my thinking and focus by the hour as I have to be involved in so many different things that happen in the hospital.

Today, for example, we are looking at how we are going to introduce a new piece of equipment to the wards that the staff need to be trained on. I am going to a meeting so we can look at how this will go across the whole hospital.

I am then going to meet a group of student nurses for their induction. Then, I will go and visit my areas to see what is happening there; how many beds we have free and who is coming in and going home. Communication is the main part of my role; sharing the correct information with the right people, at the right time to ensure services flow.

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