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New blood versus experience: Community nursing stirs debate online

Samantha Hayman, a young community nurse at Leicestershire Partnership Trust, sparked debate online when she lamented the lack of younger nurses working in the community. 

In her blog for Nursing in Practice, Ms Hayman confronted the idea that community nursing is just for older nurses and inappropriate for those straight out of university. 

Her article inspired a vibrant online discussion brimming with fresh ideas, considered counterpoints and lived experiences. 

Much of the nursing community online agreed: community nursing should be open to younger and newly qualified nurses.


Community nurses pointed out on Facebook that the going can be tough - but worth it.


Other commenters argued that experience is needed to become a community nurse.