Managing healthcare without a government: ‘Our chance to step up’
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Managing healthcare without a government: ‘Our chance to step up’

Jennifer Trueland Health journalist

When Charlotte McArdle was appointed chief nursing officer for Northern Ireland she never imagined she would have to do the job without a health minister. Now she wants nurses to help to transform health and care services

Charlotte McArdle can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to become a nurse. ‘My mother tells me I always wanted to be a nurse. She says I used to play with dolls and syringes, and practise doing injections into oranges,’ says Professor McArdle. ‘I don’t come from a particularly medical background or family, so it’s not in my genes.’

Nursing Standard. 34, 8, 14-17. doi: 10.7748/ns.34.8.14.s10

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