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Not where I expected retirement would lead

Helen Boal Senior sister in the COVID-19 swabbing service, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Returning to an NHS role in a COVID-19 swabbing service has been challenging and surprising – but it’s worth it

After a 35-year career as a nurse in the NHS, specialising mostly in oncology and haematology, I retired in 2016. When the pandemic started, I was working as a health and well-being manager in a secondary school, but returned to the NHS to help out. Then when the trust I had worked for offered nurses who had ‘retired and returned’ a longer-term role, I came back as a senior sister in the COVID-19 swabbing service, set up rapidly last spring.

Nursing Standard. 36, 5, 58-58. doi: 10.7748/ns.36.5.58.s25

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