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Maureen Hassan

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  • Maureen Hassan
  • Senior Nursing Assistant, Foyle Day Hospice

What attracted you to become a Senior Nursing Assistant?

I have always been interested in the caring profession. Even while still at school at the age of 12-13 I went to a local nursing home to ask if I could have a job there to help look after people. At the age of 14 my mum became very ill and I cared for her and assisted with all her needs until she passed away when I was 16 years old. I have been a natural carer all my life.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I enjoy being able to care for and support patients and their families. I help promote independence in their daily living. I develop good therapeutic relationships with families and love to go that extra mile to ensure a good quality of life.

Tell us about your most memorable moment in your role.

On visiting one of my patients one morning I recognised symptoms of her having a stroke. Her son had special needs and could not summon help. I rang an ambulance and the lady was taken to hospital. I felt a great sense of achievement that the lady and her son got the help and support they required.

How do you see your career developing as a Nursing Assistant?

I am very happy in my present role but I will continue to develop my skills in all areas of care in the community.

I have continuing updates and training in Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) feeding and tracheostomy care. My next goal is to undertake training in Sign Language which will help me with the communication needs of some of my patients.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career as a Nursing Assistant?

As a Nursing Assistant you need to be a caring, compassionate person. The role is very rewarding but can also be quite challenging. I would advise anyone with an interest in this field to consider their educational needs and apply for a relevant health and social care course.

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