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²gether mental health nurse Lisa Crooks has featured in a film put together by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) to mark International Nurses Day.

Nurses Day is held annually on May 12 – the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday – to recognise the contribution nurses make to society.

The RCN film features nurses from across the UK speaking about why they are proud to be a nurse.

“The film features between 30 and 40 nurses from across the breadth of the nursing family and it was a great privilege to take part and speak about something I am very passionate about,” Lisa explained.

“Nursing is a very fulfilling career and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I would recommend getting some work and life experience before you begin training as a nurse.

“I started out as a Health Care Assistant in Radiology before I moved to mental health, but once you qualify there are lots of different specialist areas you can branch into.”

Lisa qualified as a nurse in 1999 but prior to that worked as a Health Care Assistant at Charlton Lane Hospital and a Community Support Worker at the Brownhill Centre, both in Cheltenham.

She trained as a nurse through the University of the West of England and began her nursing career working on Kingsholm Ward, at Wotton Lawn Hospital, in Gloucester.

Lisa now works as a Senior Eating Disorders Nurse at the Brownhill Centre, in Cheltenham.

To view the RCN film, click here.