2020 is the first-ever Year of the Nurse. The World Health Organisation (WHO) dedicated this year to celebrating nursing in honour of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. At St Ann’s, we have a range of nursing roles and expertise, and our staff come from a range of backgrounds and professions that represent our diverse communities.
We’re thankful every day for our highly skilled Nurses and the difference they make to the lives of our patients and their families. Some of our team shared with us what being a Nurse at St Ann’s means to them.
I started at the hospice in September 2007, 13 years ago. I joined because I’ve always had a passion for palliative care, which was confirmed after a hospice placement I had a few years earlier while working at Stepping Hill Hospital. I worked in the inpatient unit for seven years, and have been in The Being You Centre for the last six years. I have equally loved all my roles at the hospice, seeing how we make a difference to so many people never ceases to amaze me. Everyone at the hospice, in whatever role they do, is always happy to go above and beyond for our patients and their loved ones. This team approach is so important for the holistic care and support we provide and why I truly love my job. Amanda Connors, Team Leader in the Neil Cliffe Centre and The Being You Centre
Working at St Ann’s isn’t a job, it’s a passion and a commitment. I began my career with St Ann’s in the kitchen as a Food Service Assistant in 2003. In 2005, I applied to be a Healthcare Assistant and worked on the wards until 2016, when I moved to The Being You Centre. I love my role because we always put our families and patients at the centre of what we do. Nothing is too much trouble, which is thanks to the dedication and drive of the whole team. Being able and supported to deliver that holistic approach is why I still love being part of the St Ann’s family after all these years. Amanda Connors, Healthcare Assistant
I’ve been at St Ann’s for 10 years now and first applied for a job here because my mum had been cared for at our Heald Green site. I was overwhelmed by both the quality of care she received and the way in which the staff supported us as a family. I’m always proud to now be part of that team, and to be able to give the same care and attention that we received to others at a time when they need it most. Sarah McDonnell, Ward Manager
I joined the St Ann’s team in January 2020. I worked as a Macmillan Nurse for the past 10 years and I was looking for a new challenge. Since starting, my respect and love of this organisation has grown. I feel part of a family with so many amazing professional people focused on the same goal, to support people and families at one of the most difficult times of their life. Gayna Davenport, Advanced Nurse Practitioner (trainee)
I’ve worked at St Ann’s Hospice since 2000. Originally, I came to the hospice in December 1999 on a 1-week placement which was part of a course I was doing. As soon as I walked through the doors, I knew there was something special about St Ann’s. I had previously worked on an acute medical ward for over four years and had no intention of leaving. But this all changed after that one week! I’ve now been at the hospice for over 20 years as a Registered Nurse, with 15 years on the inpatient unit and now in The Being You Centre. I’m so proud to work with all the multidisciplinary teams, whose aim is to give our patients the best possible care. Jo Crowther, Registered Nurse