“The warm atmosphere, wonderful colleagues and special patients have been the recipe for a very meaningful nursing career for me.”

“Being a part of our new Sponsor a Nurse appeal has been really exciting for all of us. Most importantly, it will help us continue to provide free end of life care and support to our community when they need us most. 

I have been a nurse at St Raphael’s for nearly two years, joining straight from University. St Raphael’s is home to a team of exceptional nurses and an environment that nurtures nursing development. 

With access to learning opportunities, study days and a team that’s always supportive and on hand, we have an incredible setting to be the very best nurses we can be. As a young nurse, my colleagues let me shadow them from the moment I started working on the ward, providing me with great exposure to different cases and diagnoses. I have learnt and grown beyond measure as a St Raphael’s nurse.

People may be surprised by the outpouring of love and joy within a hospice and palliative care. Nursing has its challenges and heartaches, but the warm atmosphere, wonderful colleagues and special patients have been the recipe for a very meaningful nursing career for me. It brings great joy and fulfilment to my life. 

We certainly build a bond with the patients we care for and those close to them, which is not always possible in other medical settings. We get to know them for the individuals they are and we are honoured to be a part of their journey. 

After patients have died, we often think of them and share memories amongst us nurses. We have had many patients on our ward who have been similar ages to me, often with young families. We have forums on site which are important safe-spaces for nurses to talk confidentially, where we reflect on patients and the lasting impact they have had on us.”


SPONSOR A NURSE

By sponsoring a St Raphael’s nurse today, you will help me and my fellow nurses make sure that more people live the fullest life they can, until the end. Even a small monthly gift today will help us to make a positive impact for people in your local community for months or years to come.

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