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Career profile: Kirsty Brooks

Practice Nurse and Regional Clinical Champion for IBD, Kirsty Brooks details her journey and her longstanding interest in helping patients with this ‘challenging and ever-evolving’ disease

Career profile: Ann Norman

Ann Norman is the Royal College of Nursing’s professional lead for nursing in criminal justice nursing and learning disability nursing.

Reflections: A midwife's tale

More than 800,000 babies are born in the UK every year but just 2.3% of these are home births, says Cheryl Opimo-Fisher, a homebirth midwife at Hillingdon Hospital, London.

Career Profile: Kirsten Ellmore

I was 17, when I started work as a healthcare assistant. I have always been a very caring person by nature and I wanted to help others even from an early age.

Career Profile - Jenny Aston

Why did you become a nurse? I went into nursing because I thought it would be more interesting then physiotherapy. I had spent two years in hospital as a young child which may also have played a part in my choice. I also did a gap year in New Zealand where I worked as a nursing assistant.

Career Profile: Debbie Brown

Why did you become a nurse? I have wanted to be a nurse since I was a little girl and spent many evenings applying bandages to my grandparents.

Career profile: Claire O’Connor

Why did you become a nurse? I was fortunate enough to land a job as a carer for the elderly. I used to look after people in their own homes and I loved it. From that point on I had the caring bug and was desperate to pursue a nursing career, but I had moved out of the family home and lived alone in a flat that I somehow had to pay for.

Career profile: learning disabilities nurse

Why did you become a nurse? I decided at a very young age that I wanted to become a nurse. I am not certain whether it was from watching hospital programmes on the television or just wanting to help people.

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