St John's Hospice searching for nursing assistants to help people “live each day to the fullest” in 2019

The hub is looking to recruit new nursing assistants in Bedfordshire so it can continue to provide the important service in 2019 and beyond.

Image of Sue Ryder nurses at St John's Hospice

The hub’s community nurses and nursing assistants offer vital care and emotional support for people in Bedfordshire at the end of their lives, and their families. This includes 24/7 phone support and caring for people in their own homes.

“It is a privilege to look after someone at the end of their life and we focus on giving people the best quality of life possible. Our nursing assistants play an important part in this,” says Carol.  

“We are searching for people who are kind and compassionate and can be there when it matters for families. They don’t necessarily need to have a healthcare background; the most important thing is that they are reliable and adaptable. We are a friendly and supportive team and offer plenty of training.”

“It is a privilege to look after people at the end of their lives. I think dying is as important as giving birth.”

Carol Pullen, a Sue Ryder nurse at the Palliative Care Hub at Sue Ryder St John's Hospice

Meryl Litchfield’s friend Robert ‘Bob’ Loadsman was cared for by the hub’s Sue Ryder Nurses and Nursing Assistants. Bob passed away at home earlier this year.  

Meryl said, “It was Bob’s wish to be at home and thanks to Sue Ryder we were able to fulfil that.”

“They cared for both of us so well and I couldn’t have coped without them. They were so well trained and totally dedicated to helping. 24/7 support meant exactly that; I could ring them in the middle of the night if I needed it. From advice to hugs, they were there in every way possible.”

Nursing Assistant Wilma Jassal, who has worked at the hub for six years, says she has “the best job in the world.”

“People often think that hospices are about doom and gloom, but it isn’t like that – it’s about living each day. Every day is important and that’s what we do; we try to make sure patients live every day to the fullest,” she says.

“If you want a job that is fulfilling and you want to make a difference to somebody’s life, there’s no better place to work.”

Interested in working with us?

For more information about the roles or for an informal chat, please contact Carol Pullen, Palliative Care Hub Manager, on 01767 642410 or email carol.pullen@sueryder.org.

Join our team as a Sue Ryder nursing assistant

Find out more about the Sue Ryder Nursing Assistant roles and how to apply by visiting our Careers website.