Vicky has been part of our nursing team for four and a half years.
‘My mum died from cancer and I was in awe of the amazing, sensitive care she received throughout her diagnosis and at the end of her life. It was Mum’s experience that inspired me to become a hospice nurse. Now I can help families who went through what we did, which is so rewarding.
‘On my first day at the hospice, it struck me that even though it’s a place that provides end of life care, the overall feel is one of positivity, happiness and hope. People are often worried about coming here, but it’s not unusual to hear singing and laughter on the ward! I love how the hospice is surrounded by stunning views too; the gardens and wildlife make the place so calm and tranquil.
‘As a nurse, I’m here to help people cope with the practical and emotional impact of their illness. Patients and their family and friends can ask me questions or share their worries at any time. We all strive to be there for people and we do our best to make everybody’s stay as relaxed and positive as possible.
‘Patients’ wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do and people often comment on how compassionate we are as a nursing team. It’s touching to hear that we are giving the care people deserve, but we get so much back too. Every day I meet remarkable people and it’s a privilege to share in their lives.
‘There are so many moments that have stayed with me, but one in particular is the gentle smile of a patient as I assisted him to suck his favourite whisky from a sponge. He had been too weak to eat or drink properly but was desperate to enjoy his Friday night tipple one last time. I feel honoured to have fulfilled one of his final wishes.
‘Outside of work, I love my sports – you’ll usually find me running or at some kind of challenge event! Last year I took part in the Iron Man Triathlon and I’ve previously run the Brighton Half marathon for the hospice too… I’m sure it won’t be long until there’s something else in the diary!’