Lorraine has been a Paediatric Nurse at Little Bridge House for ten years.
Unlike some jobs, you cannot plan or assume the kind of shift you might have ahead; you could be taking a child out for a lovely sensory trip in the sunshine, giving parents a well-deserved rest.
We may be involved with the symptom control of a child, who might have come in as an emergency visit to manage their pain, seizures or feeding issues. Or we may accompany teenagers on their much looked-forward to shopping trip.
People often say ‘I don’t know how you do your job’, as a nurse, it is an absolute privilege to care for these children and families.
The hardest part of being a hospice nurse, without a doubt, is the inevitable end of life experience. I often nurse a child at the end of life stage who I may have known, along with the rest of the family, for a number of years. I feel a huge responsibility to keep their child comfortable and pain free, to give the family a relaxed environment to cherish their final days and hours together.
But it does not end there; after losing a child, we can spend the following days helping to make funeral arrangements, taking any additional and unnecessary stresses away.
Our bereavement support is on-going and is available for as long as the family need it. With your support I can continue to make a difference to each one of them.