Linda Purves grew up in the lowlands of Scotland where her father worked as a hill shepherd. She and her husband, Andrew Bethell, live in a rural area of the Scottish Highlands with their three young children, and a fat cat. In a traditional area where old-fashioned stereotypes still exist, her husband's decision to become a nurse could potentially have been viewed as unusual. However, the response was one of complete acceptance and Andrew has been warmly welcomed into the local community as a male nurse. They hope his story inspires other men, middle-aged or otherwise, to consider nursing as a career change and encourages any male student nurses out there who may be feeling just a little outnumbered.
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