This final chapter weaves together some of the key focus areas that have made up this ‘journey’, using stories from practice that may provide you with some further insights to guide you on your path to becoming a skilled and experienced nurse.
The second part of this chapter focuses on the fact that, once you enter the profession as a beginning-level nurse, this is not the end of your journey; it is only the first stage of your career. There are many options and learning opportunities that can further your career and assist you to develop into an expert nurse across a range of settings.
The last part of this chapter focuses on how you can contribute to the further development of the nursing profession by role-modelling and promoting nursing, mentoring and supporting others, and developing and sharing your skills and knowledge with new generations of nurses.
Nursing is a diverse and varied profession that is at times rewarding, challenging, happy and sad. Nurses are the most vital cog in the development, delivery and leadership of health services to meet the current and future health needs of society. You have chosen a rewarding and exciting career!