Rachael Labourne is a Community Nurse in mid-Wales. She moved from East Yorkshire to Wales in 2003 with her husband and two children looking for an improvement in their quality of life, Rachael explains:
“As a teenager helping out at a local nursing home, I was so inspired by the amazing care provided by the nurses that I wanted to become a nurse. I completed my training at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading before developing my career as a midwife and health visitor in Hull.
“While I enjoyed my time nursing in Yorkshire, when an opportunity to move to rural Wales presented itself to my husband, the lure of country life coupled with the better cost of living made it an easy choice to make. The excellent NHS relocation package on offer also helped us make the move.
“My two children were young and have benefitted from attending great schools, I wanted to spend more time with them and I was able to work as a school nurse. As they got older I moved back into health visiting working along side a fantastic and supportive district nursing team. We have been able to renovate a farm house and I now have four children and live in a beautiful barn conversion we’re extremely proud of.
“I found working along side the district nurses very rewarding within our community services at the local GP’s that I’m now a part time community nurse working within this fantastic team that contributes and is really valued by the local community.
“My heart is still with midwifery and I have been supported to undertake a ‘return to practice’ midwifery course and practice as a midwife at a local hospital. Continual Professional Development is a key part of nursing in Wales and I fully intend to embrace every opportunity that comes my way. I have also been able to complete a PGCE and hope to combine this with my experience to develop my career in practice development and support and inspire the next generation of nurses and midwives in Wales.
“Outside of work, there is always a choice of activities to get involved in. Our rural community is always organising some sort of gathering or event and there is always something going on from nationally and internationally renowned festivals to local village shows. I’ve also been able to fit my work around my family life to enjoy the best of both worlds. I would recommend anyone thinking about following their career as a nurse in Wales, to just come and give it a go. You won’t look back and you will love it.”