"Part of my role as Senior Nurse is to lead the team of nurses and specialist Healthcare Assistants to ensure quality care is maintained, patient needs are met and that staff are supported in their roles. I also hold a caseload of patients who I support, providing symptom control advice, avoid unwanted admissions to hospital through prompt healthcare interventions, and advice and support to them and their families.
Sometimes young adults and their families feel very isolated, from friends, wider family and community networks, and also their healthcare professionals. I am very aware that my role and that of The J’s team, help people feel connected, ensuring appropriate action is taken when issues arise. We’re often a ‘breath of fresh air’ for people who may have struggled alone for some time without this type of community support.
We are in a privileged position to be able to listen to people’s worries and concerns, make a plan with them and act upon it to change things around for people. And sometimes the smallest thing can make a real difference for people. By ensuring we value each day and recognise its importance in the lives of our young adult patients. They have a lot of living to do and we strive to make sure they get on with that.
I’ve worked in palliative care for more years than I’m willing to admit, so cut me in half and I’d have hospice care written right though me. Hospice care captures the essence of excellent nursing care and I’m really proud to be part of it."