Being a mental health nurse is more of a vocation than a job

Ann Orrells from Treorchy heads up the Mental Health Liaison Service at Cwm Taf University Health Board. She did her mental health nurse training at USW and is currently studying the MSc Clinical Practice.

Rhian Lloyd, a BA (Hons) Photography student teamed up with Ann for the day to see what it’s like on the frontline.

"Being a mental health nurse is more of a vocation than a job. You never know what is coming through the door and you must be prepared for anything. I love and enjoy my role. It’s more patient centred than some nursing roles. I do it because I want to make a difference," said Ann. 

"Ann is extremely calm and peaceful when talking to patients - you can feel the connection. It was eye-opening to shadow her for the day and gave me a huge insight to the hard work these nurses do. It has been a real pleasure getting to know her," said Rhian. 

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