It’s National Nurses’ Day on 12th May, which also marks the birthday of one of the world’s most famous nurses, Florence Nightingale.

This day lets us celebrate nurses and show our appreciation for their hard work and dedication.

We thought this would be a good opportunity to hear from Fiona Walters at Ortho Consulting Group, who started her career as a registered nurse before moving into the orthopaedic industry.

I worked for three years as a registered nurse in acute medicine, before moving into the medical device industry, and now into executive search. My nursing education and clinical experience shaped my career path for the future.

Without a shadow of a doubt, nursing was the hardest job I have ever done – and I salute all nurses for the contribution that they make to our healthcare systems throughout the world. Over the last 20 years, I’ve watched my nursing colleagues become the most fantastic leaders in the NHS and private sector, or switch careers and excel in their new career paths. I’ve also worked for ex-nurses who have become the most inspirational leaders in MedTech as well.

Nurses are some of the brightest, most driven and hard-working people I know, be they still in clinical practice, or gone on to complete MBAs and lead corporate medical device companies.

If you’ve had a similar experience to Fiona transitioning from nursing to industry, we’d love hear your story!


Tom Edwards

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