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Joanne Chapman, Sue Ryder Nurse

“The best part of this job is the time you get to spend with your patients”

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.

Sue Ryder Nursing Assistant Carole celebrating 25 years of service

“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.

Sue Ryder Nurse, Georgie, pictured outside Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

“I remember thinking ‘Oh my goodness. I have the time to give the care I want to give!’”

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.

Sue Ryder Nurse, Nicola Fountain

“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.

Cecelia, a nurse at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Stagenhoe

“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.

Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice volunteer befriender Stewart Rood calls a befriendee on the phone.

Hospice Care Week 2020: Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice volunteers get creative to be there for patients during pandemic

Big hearted Befriending volunteers from Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice have found innovative ways to overcome challenges during the Coronavirus pandemic to continue friendship and support for patients.

Fern, the IPU Manager at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice

“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.

Sue Ryder Nurse Caroline Salmon

“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.

Image of Sue Ryder volunteer, ALison, holding a telephone in her befriender role

Volunteers' Week 2020: Alison, a telephone befriender

Alison Hilken is a long-term supporter of Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice and has been volunteering at the hospice for the last 12 years. Due to the coronavirus pandemic she's unable to carry out her normal role supporting day therapy patients, so has become a telephone befriender.

Image of Sue Ryder team member cycling on an exercise bike in her break from work

Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice staff take on virtual cycle challenge

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.