Hospice Celebrate International Nurses Day
Today marks International Nurses Day, an event that's celebrated all over the world to highlight the contributions nurses make to society.
Southern Area Hospice provides invaluable care to patients living with cancer, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, hiv and aids. Without our Hospcie nurses the unit simply couldn't function. Our Hospice provides patients with a serene environment with the beautiful gardens and stunning view across the City of Newry. Patients come to us from all across the Southern Health Trust region and attend our inpatient unit, day hospices, out patient clinics and avail of a number of other services.
Clinical Sister, Louise Stewart explained that there is something special about the Hospice and the services we provide. Looking back at her time with the Hospice over the last 30 years, Louise explained that the complexity of patients' needs has dramatically changed since she first walked through the doors, as has the age group of patients.
“I find that there is a lot more younger patients coming through than what we would have had 30 years ago,” stated Louise.
“You meet such a variety of people in the job, both patients and relatives. In some other workplaces you may be isolated in your job but at Hospice you work very much with the entire team including fundraisers, social workers and chaplains so you have a good broad mix of people.
“You are working with people at a very special time in their lives and families who are at a very vulnerable time, you are looking after family members at a time when they're at their lowest and I suppose that's good because you get to take care of the families as well as the patients.”
Singing the praises of the fantastic work the nurses carry out, Medical Director of the Hospice Dr Osmond Morris, said that while the job is incredibly demanding, the nurses are exceptional in all that they do.
Describing the nurses as incredibly skilled, diligent and compassionate, he said “They are a special breed in how they deal with their role, especially if it's a younger person and someone you can identify with. A lot of our nurses are young mothers with children of their own and they're dealing with exactly that type of a patient coming in. It's hard to leave that behind when you go home to your own family.
“I find them just incredible, their levels of knowledge are second to none and our Hospice just couldn't function without them.”
To support Southern Area Hospice Services this International Nurses Day, Text ‘SAHS25 £5’ to 70070.