Associate Clinical Nurse Specialist
Lisa, one of our Associate Clinical Nurse Specialists, loves her job at St Michael's Hospice and here she tells us what makes the Hospice such a special place to work.
"I joined the Hospice in September 2019 during the COVID-19 pandemic. I was home-schooling my three children and seeing how the pandemic was having such an impact on nursing services I wanted to do my bit. I applied for a bank post on the In-Patient Unit to balance childcare and work.
Being with patients during such a difficult time was incredibly rewarding. The team are incredibly dedicated and passionate, and I learned a great deal. I also started to support the Community service, and loved being able to work between the two.
During a one to one meeting with the new Director of Clinical Services I expressed a frustration that having loved my time at the Hospice, and with more skills to offer, I was restricted to a bank role in order to meet the needs of my children. I was asked to consider an exciting opportunity, with the possibility of a flexible contract to fit in with my family life as well as develop my clinical skills.
I am now fortunate to be an Associate Clinical Nurse Specialist, a new and exciting development post, of which two opportunities were created to support the existing Hospice Outreach team. I am able to work flexibly, and meet the needs of my family finding the perfect work-life balance.
I am continuing my learning within a supportive, experienced and knowledgeable team and have the opportunity to develop my prescribing practice while supporting patients and their families at home.
I am very proud to be part of a service that is so valuable and widely loved and respected by our local community."