Ahead of National Careers Week, we want to ask you a couple of big questions.
Have you considered a career in hospice care? How about at ellenor?
According to Linda Coffey, our Director of Care, you should.
Because it’s not only nurses, or clinical roles, hospice care needs. We want people from all backgrounds. All walks of life. All skill sets. And all levels of experience.
“Hospice care isn’t just nursing. Think about the breadth of what we cover at a hospice – fundraising, marketing, volunteering, housekeeping and catering, to name just a few – there’s a role for everybody.
“If the thought of caring hands on for a patient isn’t for you – but you still want to support families and those important to them – then a fundraising or marketing role might suit. There are so many different ways you can give back to your community. It doesn’t have to be in a clinical role.”
However, you choose to get involved with hospice care, that’s exactly how you’ll feel – involved. And like you’re not just part of an organisation, or a team. But a ‘work family’.
“Hospices are very much like big work families,” Linda says. “Because everyone shares similar values – they’re all there with the same focus in mind.
“It’s the marketer getting stories out there to promote what we do as a hospice; the fundraiser organising events; the nurse on the ward, being by a patient’s bedside easing their pain and distress.
“It’s the nurse out there in the community, administering medication to a patient in their own home. Or it could be me, simply talking to a patient’s relative over the phone – helping ease their distress with a calming word.
“Whatever role we have, whichever title we bear on our badge – we’re all making a difference, aren’t we? That’s what it’s about.”
And if you are looking to make a difference in a clinical role, we offer a wealth of opportunities and career pathways.
As a nurse at ellenor, you’ll be part of a multidisciplinary team providing holistic care and support. That means you won’t simply treat the illness, but the person. You’ll help improve patients’ symptoms and boost the quality of life for them and their families and those important to them. Respecting their needs and wishes, and helping them to live, and enjoy, the life they have left – with dignity and happiness.
You’ll also get something other clinical settings don’t offer all their nurses – time to care and be with your patient. At ellenor, you’ll get the privilege of getting to know the people you’re looking after, as well as their families and those important to them.
You’ll be in the rare, rewarding position of being part of their journey – from diagnosis to the end. And, in doing so, know you’ve made a positive difference to their lives.