From A&E to the hospice: Paige’s experience as a Staff Nurse at St Ann’s

Paige McGoldrick, Staff Nurse, started working at St Ann's in August. Here she tells us how she has found her first few months.

By Paige McGoldrick on November 27, 2018

I joined St Ann’s as a Staff Nurse at the beginning of August this year, after spending just short of two years as a nurse in A&E. I was apprehensive to begin with at the thought of being ‘the newbie’ again and having to start over, but in hindsight it was one of the best career moves I have ever made!

A&E is a very stressful, intense environment and I was definitely ready for a change, although I will admit that I had some preconceptions about working in a hospice that made me feel a bit anxious. A lot of people think that a hospice is a very sad environment to work in because we look after patients at the end of life, but this is not entirely the case. The hospice is a place that provides specialist palliative care to individuals and their families with a wide range of diagnoses. It’s a happy, friendly and positive environment, full of laughter and support for patients, families and staff.

I have loved working here over the last three months, and I have definitely made the right choice moving from an acute NHS environment to the hospice. Every member of the multi-disciplinary team pulls together amazingly to give the patients the care they deserve, and I can’t wait to continue my journey here.

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