ONE of the most senior nurses in Liverpool has been back to the classroom to learn about nursing from the perspective of youngsters at Fazakerley Primary School. Dianne Brown, Chief Nurse at Aintree University Hospital, spent time with pupils as part of the lead up to International Nurses Day (Friday 12 May). As part of an educational project, pupils were asked to share what they think about nurses by creating artwork, poems and short essays and taking part in role play exercises. The pupils presented this work to Dianne, along with handmade thank you cards for the nurses at Aintree. Dianne said: “It was great to meet the children and hear about their experience of nursing, either directly or because they have family members treated in hospital. Those initial encounters with nursing can shape their view for years to come, so it’s really important that they are positive. “I was so impressed with the work they produced and was very touched to read their kind words about nurses. It means a lot to all of us at Aintree.” Mrs Hannah Clark, a teacher at Fazakerley Primary School, said: “The children really enjoyed getting stuck into these projects and it made them think about the impact that nursing and the NHS has already had on their lives and how it might do in the future. They learned a lot by meeting Dianne and we look forward to doing more with Aintree in the future.” On Friday 12 May, nurses at Aintree will be treated to complimentary massages, makeovers and goody bags and a photography exhibition showing nursing through the ages which has been organised by the hospital’s Volunteers department.