“When my brother was at Wheatfields it made me realise what a lovely job palliative care is - to provide that reassurance for patients and families in their final weeks”
When Nicola was hospitalised with COVID-19 a few weeks after the death of her brother at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, it was life-changing. After recuperating at home, Nicola saw an advert for Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire and decided to fulfil a long-held ambition to work in palliative care.
To mark International Nurses Day 2021, Sue Ryder Nurse Joanne Chapman shares her experience of working at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice. She hopes that by sharing her story she will inspire others to follow a career in palliative care.
“I have lots of lovely memories with patients - them making me laugh and me making them laugh in return”
For International Nurses Day on 12 May, we're sharing Nursing Assistant Carole's story, who is celebrating 25 years of dedicated service at Thorpe Hall Hospice. We hope her experience inspires others to take up a nursing career in palliative care with us.
For International Nurses Day, we're sharing Georgie’s blog, where she describes her experience of joining Sue Ryder, the support she’s received as she pursues a career in palliative care and the more personal care she's able to provide for patients at Leckhampton Court Hospice.
“Every day counts – it is a cliché, but it is true. It is rewarding helping patients to get the best care they deserve”
When a Sue Ryder Nurse role came up at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in 2017, Nicola seized the opportunity. Since then, she has become a valued member of the hospice’s inpatient unit team, supporting and caring for people with life-limiting conditions.
“I have more time to spend with the people that I look after and I feel that I am able to give the quality of care each of them deserves”
Sue Ryder Nurse Cecilia Mwenda joined the team at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Stagenhoe in March last year. She talks about the importance of building relationships with the people she cares for and the more personal support this allows her to provide, as well as the challenges they've faced at Stagenhoe during the pandemic.
“There are so many elements of my job that I love.” Fern, Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice's Inpatient Unit Manager
After a variety of other nursing environments and more than a decade on from her first placement at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, Fern is now their IPU Manager. She describes her nursing and managerial responsibilities, as well as the challenges and joys of working in palliative care.
“I started at Thorpe Hall in March and obviously things have been very different to how they would normally be.” Caroline, Sue Ryder Nurse
Arriving at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in March 2020, Caroline has had a long and varied career in nursing and brings a wealth of experience to Sue Ryder. But nothing could have prepared her for the impact Covid-19 would have on our healthcare system.
Staff from Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope are attempting to cycle 352 km of the Great Wall of China in a bid to raise vital funds.
Meet Danielle Gregory, Ward Manager at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading. Danielle, who has worked at the hospice for 14 years, leads a team of Sue Ryder Nurses and staff in the hospice’s 15-bed inpatient unit. Here, she tells us about her role and why she loves what she does.