Sue has been a nurse at Nettlebed Hospice since 2005. She has worked on our Inpatient Unit, in Day Hospice and is now a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Community Team.
As well as providing care for patients, Sue has also seen the hospice from a relatives' perspective. Her mum, Barbara, was cared for at Nettlebed before her death in 2006 from colorectal cancer.
Sue says the experience she had with her mum has helped her in her work as a nurse. She says: "As a relative the support you get from the nurses is so important and I think being on the other side has made me very, very aware that we are looking after the whole family and not just the patient.
All the things that were important to me as a relative when my Mum was dying I think have made me a better nurse, because I know what relatives are going through. I can actually empathise rather than just sympathise. I can empathise with how they are actually feeling because I've been through it here."