Monday, 16 June 2014

Back to the bedside

 
For some time, I've been looking for some voluntary work (my Relate counselling was my voluntary contribution  for many years), and at last I've found what I would like to do. A local hospice is recruiting nurses whose registration has lapsed to do nursing-related tasks for one 4 hour shift a week, and after a long wait (references, interviews, the dreaded criminal check thingy) I started last week. And I just loved  it.

It's  wonderful being back, in a place where the nursing care takes precedence over anything else; where there are no cardiac arrests and rushing about, and where people are cared for properly in a peaceful, well-equipped place surrounded by beautiful gardens. I feel very fortunate to be a (very small) part of it, (even though it will take months for me to know my way around. The layout is the kind where you need a satnav to help you).

Wish me luck!

26 comments:

  1. I totally agree that the more you give the more you gain.

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  2. Congratulations. Nice to be able to give something back!

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    1. I hope to, when I know my way around!

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  3. Great, I don't think I could stand the suffering in a Hospice but it's good that there are people like you around who can.

    You look wonderful in your uniform. I'm not sure about the collar, perhaps they'll swap it for you.

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    1. Trust me, Adrian. The uniform I have to wear makes that look absolutely wonderful.

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  4. How happy the patients at the hospice must be to have you around, Frances! It shows in every job whether someone loves what they do or not, but nowhere is it so keenly felt as in nursing and in hospitality, I guess.
    Besides, you look very pretty in your work outfit!

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  5. Well done Frances....I'm sure you will find yourself being much appreciated.

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  6. I think that is just wonderful, Frances - you will be a valuable addition there x

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  7. What a wonderful thing to do, Rosemary - it sounds perfect for you.

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    1. Thank you, Wendy (although I'm not Rosemary!).

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    2. So sorry, Frances - no idea why I just called you Rosemary (maybe it's because you're both lovely).

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  8. Although I knew it could never be my career I worked for 6 months full-time as a voluntary 'trainee nurse' at the age of 16. It was one of the most interesting and rewarding (even de-lousing patients) experiences of my life. I know from my nursing friends today how different it all is. To do what you are doing now and in a hospice environment is a worthwhile contribution to society but it must also be immensely rewarding.

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    1. I've always liked terminal nursing, GB. It's proper basic nursing.

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  9. Lots of luck Frances. What a lovely thing to do and to be able to utilise those qualifications.

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  10. Oh that sounds perfect for you, Frances - I'm sure you'll bring much sunshine to everyone!

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  11. I'm glad you're enjoying it, Frances.

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    1. Thanks, Patsy. I'll enjoy it even more when I can find things...

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  12. You will bring so much to everyone there, Frances. I'm so glad you are enjoying it too. xx

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  13. Sounds like a good idea for the hospice as well, to get extra help from people with a lot of experience.

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