I started my nursing career in Bristol as pupil nurse in 1979. On qualifying, I worked in an orthopaedic ward for a year, got hooked and went off to do the course. From there I moved to Poole, spent two happy years working on a trauma unit with great views of the bay and spent most of my spare time either lying on the beach or partying hard as you do when you are young and single. I met my other half and moved to London taking a five year break - what bliss. I decided to return to work in 1989, dabbling a little on the nursing bank before taking a permanent contract. There followed eight years at Farnborough in Kent. Six of these flew by working with an excellent team of nursing and medical staff on one of the few remaining, untouched ENT units that hasn't been swallowed into ‘general surgery’. Here I re entered the theatre world (Not visited since my training days) learned to do it properly and at the time gained a great deal of experience recovering patients with potential airway problems whilst keeping my fingers crossed that they did not actually develop any. I was also both supported and encouraged to undertake and complete the conversion course and decided I may as well get the ENB 998 over and done with soon after. Ward management skills come next - you know how it goes, the off duty, answering the phone, having your name called over and over again - that sort of thing. In 1997, we decided to move to the country for some fresh air and life out of the fast lane.