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Limerick Voices from abroad: Lisa Creamer

Every Saturday, Limerick Voice reporter, Siobhan Comyns, speaks to Limerick natives who have emigrated.

Who? Lisa Creamer.

From? Cappamore, Limerick.

Now living in? London, England.

When did you leave Ireland and why?

I left Ireland in 2012 to train as a nurse.  At the time, it was easier to access nursing in the UK compared to the points system at home and there were no fees.

Where did you study?

Buckinghamshire New University.  I did a 3 year nursing degree and qualified in 2015

Lisa on her graduation day.

Describe your job

I’m a senior nurse in the transplant unit at Harefield Hospital.  I’m also a Clinical Facilitator which involves assisting with the training of new recruits.  I’m currently studying for my Masters degree.  Harefield is world renowned in cardiac care.  Heart and lung transplants are performed here in a catchment area stretching from Wales to London.

What is living in London like?

Since moving to London, I have been living in a town called Uxbridge which is in the North West of the city.  I made a lot of friends through the local camogie club, Tara Camogie London.  I still play with the team – we recently won the county final for the 11th year in a row (my 6th year in a row with the team) and this weekend we are going to play in the All Ireland quarter finals in Antrim.

Lisa in London.

Do you have any advice for someone interested in working abroad?

For anyone interested in studying nursing in the UK, I would highly recommend it.  It’s easier to access and you can qualify in three years.  The health system is well organised and the possibility of advancement is high with the NHS funding further studies.

What do you miss most about Limerick?

Family!

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