Have Your Say – The Difference in Nursing Roles at Sue Ryder

Dear Editor,

We are reading about and seeing so many nurses and carers who are exhausted on the news, and I wanted to write in as a nurse of many years to appeal to any healthcare professionals feeling that way right now, please don’t leave the profession.

You just need to find the right place to nurture you while giving you the ability to place your patients at the very centre of all you do. And I have found working in palliative care has given me that.

This is a really different type of nursing, and many colleagues who have joined Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire from other areas of care are often surprised by the happiness here, the time we get to spend with patients and families, and the many services we offer to people in their own homes in the community.

The job of Sue Ryder Nurses and care teams is to put patients in control and take away some of the pain and practicalities they’re dealing with – giving them more time to focus on the things that matter.

More time to spend with loved ones. To reminisce and retell old stories. To hold hands, hug close and say a proper goodbye.

It is a nursing and caring role like no other and I want more people to know just what a privilege it is.

That’s why on Wednesday 15 March we are holding a careers information day between 10am-1pm in Reading to give healthcare professionals a real glimpse into what it is like working in this truly rewarding and specialist field of care.

People can find out more about the roles available with Sue Ryder across the Thames Valley, with members of our care team on hand to give a warm Sue Ryder welcome alongside some refreshments.

I’d like to appeal to any of your readers who would like to find out more about joining our team to come and say hello.

To find out more about how you can make a difference as a member of our Sue Ryder care teams here in South Oxfordshire and register your interest for our careers information day please visit www.sueryder.org/CareersDay.

With best wishes,

Sylvia Thomas, Head of Community Services, Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire



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