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My main role is symptom management.
Advice and support to patients and their families.
Work closely with local Hospice/ Acute CNS/ Palliative Consultants/ GP'S
Carry out a specialist/ holistic palliative care assessment on all patients.
Responsible for a designated caseload of patients.
I am currently undertaking Post Graduate Diploma in Specialist Nursing- Palliative Care Pathway. (To use the title Specialist a NMC recordable Specialist Practice Qualification is required since 2016)
I completed the Princess Alice Certificate in Palliative Care.
I completed Advanced Communication Course.
I was previously a District Charge Nurse prior to this post, and I had the opportunity to care for palliative/ patients near end of life.
I started my nursing career gaining experience in both general medicine and general surgery. I then spent almost 10 years working in a community setting both as a Staff Nurse and Charge Nurse. During this time I cared for a range of patients who required palliative care.
Diploma in Nursing Adult Branch
BSC Hons in Community and Public Health Nursing.
Princess Alice Certificate in Palliative Care.
I always enjoyed the palliative care aspect of district nursing, and wanted to become a Specialist Nurse in this are of practice.
Controlling symptoms that patients experience such as pain and breathlessness, hence improving their quality of life.
Supporting patients and their families in the palliative and end of life stages of care.
Knowing my input makes a difference to patients and their families.
Caring for younger patients.
Complex symptom management.
Undertaking Post Graduate study whilst continuing with the day job.
Dealing with distressed families.
Execellent induction to the post
Assigned to an experienced Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Very supportive team.
Developing my knowledge and skills in Palliative Care.
Meeting on a regular basis my Sign of Mentor who is an experienced practitioner.
I would strongly recommend anyone interested in Palliative care to consider this as a career t. I really enjoy my job but it can be stressful and emotionally draining at times. When you specialise in any area of practice, you must be prepared to undertake further education in the field.
Breaking bad news, dealing with difficult situations and distressed families.
Advanced skills in symptom management.
Developing skills in the use of PARIS (Patient-Centred Information System).
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