Every year we like to recognise and show our appreciation to the wonderful nurses at Rowcroft and what better way to do it than on International Nurses Day. Friday 13 May 2017 was a day celebrated around the whole world to mark the hard work and contribution that nurses make to our health and wellbeing.
Rowcroft has a team of dedicated staff who provide care 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will always go above and beyond to provide support to patients and families in and around South Devon. Care isn’t just provided in the hospice, but also in patients’ homes.
Nurse Karenne, our Community Nurse Specialist, (on the left) works offsite in and around the South Devon community: “I have always wanted to be a nurse, and achieving my nurse qualification was one of my greatest moments. The first time I came to Rowcroft was for my interview and I instantly fell in love with it. I am so proud to say that I work for the Rowcroft community team.”
We celebrate a range of nursing backgrounds but with the one goal to work together to provide comfort and peace to patients and their families.
Sister Anne Yelland has been working as a nurse for 45 years. She explains: "I worked for many years in the community as a district nurse and found my love was supporting people, and their families, at the end of life. When I had the opportunity I came to Rowcroft and soon realised this was what I wanted to do.
At first I worked with the hospice's community team, which I loved, and later joined the Hospice at Home team, where I've been for the last five years. It's my dream job helping, to control patients' symptoms while offering practical hands on nursing care at the end of life."
Hospice at Home Manager Sarah Morris adds "My grandmother was a nurse and there was an expectation I would follow in her footsteps. I begrudgingly agreed to start nurse training but with the decision in mind to leave after one month because nursing was something I really didn’t want to do - that was 37 years ago! Now, I can't imagine doing anything else.
I love my work and feel blessed at how fortunate I have been in the types of nursing I've covered including a short time in Midwifery. I feel privileged to have worked with some fantastic people but also the patients and families who have shared the best and worst of times with me and helped me learn so much about what’s important in life."
To support our nurses in making every day the best day possible for thousands of families facing the hardest days imaginable, consider making a monthly donation. Just £5 per month for one year would enable Rowcroft to provide three hours of one-on-one specialised nursing, helping patients to remain in control of their lives. To set up a monthly donation visit www.rowcrofthospice.org.uk/monthly-donation.