Shirley Clancy is a Community Nurse in South West Wales. Born in Bournemouth, Shirley moved to Wales as a child, and in 1988 became a registered nurse. Having only retired a couple of months ago, Shirley has returned to Community Nursing and Palliative Care in the Pembrokeshire area, working a few days a week. She explains:
“I knew that I wouldn’t be able to sit still following my retirement a couple of months ago, so I’m extremely happy that I’ve been able to return to nursing part time, continuing to do what I love. It’s fantastic that NHS Wales offers the option for me to work flexibly.
“Throughout my career I have explored lots of different avenues of nursing, including general nursing, triage nursing, completing a Palliative Care Diploma and working with Macmillan. There are so many different routes you can take in Wales. However, I consider Community Nursing to be my area of expertise and this is what I’ve returned to do. I started my career as a state enrolled nurse in 1979 before being one of the first ever students to take the Registered Nurse conversion course in 1988. I completed this at Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest and I stayed here for the majority of my career.
“In my spare time I love walking the Welsh coastal path – you never get tired of the Welsh scenery because it’s so beautiful. I also love doing yoga, sometimes down at my local beach with my friends, and singing in my local choir. I can see myself continuing to nurse people for a while yet. As long as I am in good health, I want to care for my patients; with just a little more free time on my hands!”