We're Celebrating International Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020

Thursday 27 February 2020

The Shakespeare Hospice has cause for celebration this year as not only do we celebrate our 21st Anniversary but we’re supporting the ‘International Year of the Nurse and Midwife’, in celebration of Florence Nightingale’s bicentennial year.

This World Health Organisation campaign which runs throughout the year will recognise the contribution that these professions make to the NHS, and at the Hospice we will be celebrating our own nurses, who continue to inspire us all.

There are currently 13 Registered General Nurses employed at the Hospice, with a combined 374 years of nursing between them, of which 82 years have been with The Shakespeare Hospice.

Many nurses and student nurses go on placement at The Shakespeare Hospice and receive education to aid their professional development. Last year, the Hospice supported 42 nurses, including qualified nurses and student nurses on a placement.

The Hospice nurses have touched the lives of many people in South Warwickshire and the surrounding areas over the past 21 years, helping patients and families through the care of a loved one and supporting a patient at the end of their life.

Sarah Nelson who has been nursing since leaving school joined the Hospice at Home team 2 years ago said;

"I went into nursing straight from school at the age of 17 and 30 years later I’m still doing it!  I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

"Having nursed in many different areas I eventually knew that Palliative Care was where I wanted to be. I spent 9yrs plus in a bedded hospice but came to the Hospice at home team 2 years ago. I feel proud to be part of such a caring team. We always endeavour to provide the best care possible to our patients and family/ carers.   It feels a privilege to be allowed into someones home and be part of their end of life journey."

“I am proud to be a nurse” said Sarah Duncan, Team Leader for the Hospice at Home service who has been qualified in nursing since 1989.

“My passion is caring for people at the end of their lives and valuing their story. I am proud to lead a team of highly skilled and experienced nurses making a difference in end of life care provision and support to our local community.

“My patient is the whole family and my unmatched satisfaction is knowing we have cared and made a difference.”

Angie Arnold has been the CEO at TSH for the past ten years and began her career as a Registered General Nurse in 1984. She commented: “Nursing has taught me everything.

“My nursing career was spent mainly in Oncology and Palliative Care and it has been such a privilege to care for people and their families when they are at their most vulnerable.

“I believe my clinical career has been a big influence on my CEO role and I hope I am still making a difference.”

The Hospice will be sharing stories throughout the year and want to hear from you.

If you have been cared for by the nursing team at The Shakespeare Hospice, or perhaps you used to work for the Hospice, get in touch with marketing@theshakespearehospice.org.uk to share your stories and photos.

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