Last week I was asked a question by the father of a family I was meeting for the first time at Charlton Farm. It made me stop and think.
“We are here because we have no choice” he said, “why are you here?”
As a children’s nurse for longer than I care to admit, I have worked in hospitals in the community and in my own home providing respite care. I was drawn to working for CHSW because of their vision of whole family care. Facing a life-limiting condition is a whole family experience and each member of the family deserves recognition and support.
Why am I still here after five years? Firstly, because no two days are the same. I am constantly learning, being surprised and challenged in my professional practice and beliefs. It keeps me thinking about my attitudes and approach to people and situations.
Also, I love having the time to give quality care and the flexibility to respond to family’s needs, as well as having the support of a highly skilled and committed team.
One of the mothers once said to me:
It’s like we are on a train and don’t know where we are going, but now we are at Charlton Farm at least we know we are travelling first class!
I work in a lovely house in the peace of the countryside, surrounded by various wildlife and yet only fifteen minutes from the centre of Bristol. All our families are on their own difficult journey. We try and find moments of fun and joy along the way.
Sarah Norman Nurse at Charlton Farm