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Nursing in Practice's 'Nurse of the Week'

Marie Nash works as a practice nurse at Nevells Road Surgery in Hertfordshire and was the recipient of the 'Nurse of the Year' award at the General Practice Awards 2012.

What inspired you to become a nurse?

I have always wanted to be a nurse from a young age. I have a lot of family members in the medical profession so I was brought up to go into the same profession.

How do you start your day every morning?

Get up, get ready, take the kids to school and come to work. The first thing I do when I come to work is to look at blood results.

How do you relax and unwind after a day's work?

Walking the dog.

What do you most enjoy about your job?

I enjoy meeting a variety of people, working with my fellow colleagues and dealing with whatever is being thrown at me that day; in particular I love acute/chronic disease management.

What is the most challenging part of your day?

Probably preparing food for the kids when they come home from school. I don't really find anything that challenging to me during my working day.

Do you think the administration burden on nurses is excessive?

Not where I work because they allow me to have enough time to carry out my administration work. I don't find it stressful and I get through all my work.

Do you get enough face-to-face time with patients?

I do yes, the doctors are really good here.

Do you think nursing is a more or less respected profession than it was in the past?

I think it is more respected because we are shouldering more and more of the doctor's work.

Where do you see yourself in five year's time?

Probably still working here.

Are you surprised by how much you get done in a day?

Yes I am. But then I do love that - going home knowing that you have done a good day's work is a great feeling.