I have been at Marie Curie for over eight years.
I was inspired to become a nurse by seeing what Marie Curie nurses do first-hand. During my first year of university, my neighbour at home was dying and she had very young children. The Marie Curie nurses were coming into their house. I was studying occupational therapy, but seeing the nurses changed my mind. When I saw the uniforms coming in and out, and attending the funeral, I saw the Marie Curie Nurses were lined up – I thought, ‘that’s what I want to do.’
When I arrive at the hospice, I go over to the inpatient unit and help out the nurses with getting the medications done, helping the patients who feel pain or nausea, or anything else. It’s a really busy hour, when everyone is waking up.
This is when I have hand over with the multidisciplinary team. I meet with the team and we discuss the patients. The patients generally come on a weekly basis so we talk about how they were the previous week, what the main issues were and if there were any changes to their medication, any new care we had organised for them at home. Then we discuss the coming day and which patients are a priority.
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