Today is International Nurses Day, so we're putting the spotlight on our own brilliant team of Specialist Nurses, who speak, email and live chat to hundreds of men and their families affected by prostate cancer every year. Here's John, Laura and Ali telling us why they find what they do so rewarding.

Prostate Cancer UK's Specialist Nurse team
12 May 2017

John Robertson

John Robertson: "It's a privilege to speak to worried men"

Tell us a bit about yourself...
"I started my nursing career 40 years ago and have been with Prostate Cancer UK for nine years now. I love working for an organisation that offers fantastic support to those affected by prostate cancer, the most common cancer in men."

What is most rewarding about being a Specialist Nurse?
"It’s a real privilege to be able to speak directly via our helpline to those men and their families worried about this disease. So many people these days get information from the internet, which is not always accurate, and they can become anxious and frightened by this.

"We are able very quickly to talk to them, listen to their concerns and give them information that is up to date and accurate. Its humbling to hear how grateful our callers are when you're able to provide this support. Even more so when you know that many of them go on to raise funds for the charity, which allows our work to continue."

Laura James

Laura James: "You're an ear to listen"

Tell us a bit about yourself...
"I've been a registered nurse for the past 12 years, with a background in acute care and as a nurse practitioner in general practice. I've been working for Prostate Cancer UK as a Specialist Nurse for just over two years, giving information and support through telephone, live chat, email and social media for anyone affected by prostate problems."

What is most rewarding about being a Specialist Nurse?
"For me, it's the trust placed in you by others. You may be an ear to listen – someone to share feelings and fears with. Or you're able to explain and clarify information so that it's understood. The information we give to one person can then be shared and help many others, so it’s a constantly rewarding role."

Ali Rooke

Ali Rooke: "I know what we do makes a difference"

Tell us a bit about yourself...
"I started my nursing career over 20 years ago and I've been with Prostate Cancer UK for the last seven years. My background is in Urology and I’m currently working towards my Masters in prostate cancer."

What is most rewarding about being a Specialist Nurse?
"I'm in a fortunate position to provide direct support and information – without any time restriction – to those that need help at a difficult and distressing time. I am also lucky to work alongside 14 other Specialist Nurses, all delivering exceptional support to those affected by prostate cancer. From the feedback we receive, I know what we do makes a difference to those who contact us."

Watch our Specialist Nurses answer your questions on Facebook Live at 12:30pm on Friday 12 May.

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