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 Melodie
What is your favourite thing about being a Jessie May nurse?
My favourite thing about being a Jessie May nurse is meeting and getting to know such amazing children and families. I find it an absolute privilege to be in their homes and become part of their lives.
What do you think makes Jessie May such a special charity?
What makes Jessie May special is that we are able to react to the needs of individual children and families. We not only provide nursing care for the child, but also a wide range of support services from advice, guidance, working with other professionals and sometimes just a shoulder to cry on or someone to have a good chat or if needed a good moan to.
Describe a typical day for you as a Jessie May nurse
A typical favourite day of mine would be travelling along the scenic roads of Wiltshire, listening to the radio and feeling as though I have the best job in the world, to then arrive at a visit and be greeted with the smile of a child and the appreciative parent about to enjoy their well-deserved three hour break. Every visit is very different, some very nursing task orientated, some simply full of stories songs and play, but all just as valuable and rewarding.
Some days I would then continue to another visit, and others would include office time, or meetings or training. No two days or weeks are ever the same. The special thing about every day is feeling as though you make a difference no matter how small that may be.