Nursing Associate's Volunteering Story

After a family member was cared for at the Hospice, this volunteer was overwhelmed by the care and compassion from all the staff and it triggered a life changing decision.

Nurse Associate

This volunteer became a Nursing Associate with us due to the care and compassion they saw while volunteering at St Peter & St James Hospice.

I started my time at St Peter & St James Hospice 7 years ago, as a volunteer lunch helper on the ward, and then became a Healthcare Assistant 5/6 months later that year. I then went on to do my Nurse Associate Training in 2018 and qualified in 2020 to become a Registered Nurse Associate (got my PIN!). In August 2021, I left to do some top-up training to become a Registered General Nurse and have since returned – because I like it here! Before coming to the Hospice, I was an insurance director and managed a division of 150 people.

After a while, I decided that I wasn’t happy and needed to make a change; around this time, my father-in-law was here for end of life care. Myself and my family were overwhelmed by the care and compassion that we all received from the staff here, and it triggered a lightbulb moment for me – I wanted to do this, so I did!

I love working here because you don’t just treat illnesses, you care for the patient and their families as well. Hospices give you the opportunity to care more holistically for sick and dying people as well as treating them, which is such a rewarding feeling. I feel that it is a privilege to work here.

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