Friday, 19 August 2016

We're currently recruiting for nurses to work in our 12 bed Inpatient Unit.

Watford based charity, Peace Hospice Care provides free care for patients, families and carers, across Hertfordshire, facing a life-limiting illness.

Inpatient Unit (IPU) Sister, Amie Lacey, explains why you should consider joining her and the team of nurses in working on the IPU.

Amie Lacey said: "I've been nursing for the last ten years; I couldn't imagine doing anything else.

"I became a nurse because I was amazed by the care my Dad received when he was ill. I wanted to deliver that type of holistic care to other families; and that is what I now do at Peace Hospice Care.

"I've been the Inpatient Unit Sister for almost two years now, but I first found out about Peace Hospice Care when I was a student. As a part of my degree, I did a placement at the Hospice; I was inspired by the team and always wanted to come back to work here.

"I used to work in Accident and Emergency and it was varied and exciting, but it was also extremely target driven and very clinical. Whereas, the aspect I love most about working at the Hospice is our focus on individual care in a less clinical environment.

"Due to our high nurse to patient ratio, we get to spend time caring for our patients and their families. Not only do we provide physical support, but we're also a friendly shoulder to cry on and someone to talk and laugh with; I don't think I would have the time to do that anywhere else.

"The team at Peace Hospice Care are amazing! We work in a very friendly atmosphere with a great amount of support from all the departments and a lot of developmental opportunities. Not only do we have opportunities to mentor university students, we also encourage our nurses to be a 'champion' in an area or subject they want to learn more about or have previously specialised in. My speciality in Lung Cancer has allowed me to be the 'Lung Champion' and learn more about how we can help patients deal with breathlessness and fatigue. Being a champion has increased my knowledge, as well as aiding my development and career progression.

"For me, being a nurse at the Hospice is more than just a job; I feel like I'm part of a big team, where we are all working towards the same goal. As we are a charity, I've also been involved in fundraising events. I've had the opportunity to take part in a 170ft abseil, 5 mile muddy obstacle run and have climbed Mount Toubkal and crossed the Sahara Desert; I've never had these opportunities at previous organisations before.

"If you're looking to work in a welcoming, rewarding and supportive team environment, I can't think of anywhere better than Peace Hospice Care."

Peace Hospice Care is currently recruiting at a variety of levels:

  • Senior Staff Nurse band 5
  • Short term secondments are available – a great way to see if palliative care is the career path for you
  • Nursing Support Volunteers

Benefits of working at the Hospice include:

  • Friendly working environment
  • Professional Development & Support
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Cycling loan scheme
  • Clinical reflection time
  • Weekly protected learning time
  • Palliative competence programme

To see the current nursing opportunities at the Hospice, please visit the Paid Vacancies page or call 01923 330 330 or email recruitment@peacehospicecare.org.uk