Kim - Hospice at Home Nurse
“Being a hospice at home nurse is a lovely job,” Kim says. “I am where I want to be, being there for my patients when I am most needed."
“I am where I want to be, being there for my patients when I am most needed”
A nurse for more than 20 years, Kim worked in a variety of hospital and community settings, both here in the UK and in Australia, before she joined Rennie Grove Hospice Care in 2012.
She says: “I love my job. Palliative care is something I have always wanted to do since I qualified, but I was rightly advised to get some life experience first.
“Rennie Grove was recommended to me by another nurse working here, and so everything fell into place.”
Kim trained at Wycombe General Hospital and has worked on acute surgical wards, and in infection control and tissue viability. She finds working in the community, caring for her patients in their own homes, particularly rewarding.
“Being a hospice at home nurse is a lovely job,” Kim says. “I am where I want to be, being there for my patients when I am most needed.
“Looking after people in their own homes is very different from caring for someone in a hospital bed. In their own home, you see the whole person, you see their life. There may be children’s toys lying about, other family members in the house. It makes everything much more real.”
Kim is part of the Ridgeway day team. “There are three mini teams within Ridgeway, each attached to a GP surgery,” she explains. “I work occasional nights, and when we are on duty out of hours we might go anywhere across the whole Rennie Grove patch.
“Every day is different. There might be a call from someone who is struggling with their thoughts in the middle of the night, and they need you to take the time to listen and talk to them. Patients might need advice, or it could be something more urgent and you are needed to go to the patient’s home and give pain relief and reassurance.”
Rennie Grove’s education team run an induction and training programme for all new recruits to the nursing staff. Kim found this particularly valuable.
“It’s an excellent programme. Everyone made me feel very welcome, and there was a plan in place ready for my arrival,” Kim says.
“We work on our own when we are out in the community, but always with support and back-up when we need it. There is always someone you can call on.”