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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.

Career Profile - Theresa Smith - Northampton

When I was no older than six or seven, we used to go to Margate on holiday. Walking down to the beach every morning, I was fascinated by the sight of patients being pushed on to the open air balconies in their hospital.

Career Profile - Emma Rugless, overseas

I decided to become a nurse after travelling the world and settling on a remote island in Indonesia. When the tsunami hit in the Indian Ocean, I was inspired by the nurses and volunteers who led the relief effort. The following year I enrolled on a fast-t

Career Profile - Linda Drake, Southwark, London

I drifted into nursing, having left school with no clear idea of what I wanted to do, but knowing I didn't want to go to university. I got a job as an HCA at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, and discovered the job that became the love of my life.

career profile - Agnes Fanning, Buckinghamshire

Why did you become a nurse? This may sound like a cliché but I genuinely wanted to care for people and felt nursing would give me this opportunity to work with people who need care. I believed that with the theoretical underpinning of dise

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