#ChildrensHospiceWeek – Some words from Jessie May Nurse Mary

This week Jessie May are taking part in Childrens Hospice Week; a national awareness and fundraising campaign for children’s palliative care services.

Each day this week, one of the Jessie May nurses will give a little insight into their role at our hospice at home charity. Because that’s what we are – our amazing nurses provide care in the homes of local terminally ill children and their families, providing vital respite care, end of life care and bereavement support.

Our nurses are qualified childrens nurse, meaning parents can leave their child at home with them, safe in the knowledge that they will be getting the best possible care. But the support they offer isn’t limited to nursing care. In addition to respite visits, the Jessie May nurses can also offer advice to parents on a whole range of matters relating to caring for their child, including practical advice and emotional support.

This #ChildrensHospice Week, we invite you to learn more about Jessie May and what fantastic work our nurses carry out in children’s homes.

#ChildrensHospiceWeek – Jessie May Nurse Mary

What do you think makes Jessie May such a special charity?

Jessie May is such a special charity because we have time to care, time to get to know families and can provide a service that is tailor made to meet their needs.

Describe a typical day for you as a Jessie May nurse

A typical day for me is different every day.  I am involved in all stages of planning and delivering care.  This means anything from meetings to paperwork to planning and providing respite and support. A good day contains a balance of all these things and being available to support our families as much as we can is very important so we need to be flexible – sometimes a day we develop into something very different from the way it started!

What is your favourite thing about being a Jessie May nurse?

My favourite thing about being a Jessie May nurse is that I make a difference.  I have time to get to know families and help them – above and beyond anything they may not receive from statutory services – we develop relationships with families which I have never had time to do in my previous roles.

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