Grandad’s care in­spired nurs­ing ca­reer

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

A SHOP­PING trip with her mum turned life up­side down for East Cheshire Hospice staff nurse Char­lotte Guerin.

Char­lotte was des­tined for a life on the boards as she fin­ished her de­gree in per­form­ing arts at uni­ver­sity, when a re­cruit­ment no­tice for a nurs­ing di­ploma caught her eye.

She said: “I saw the no­tice for an open day at Manch­ester Uni­ver­sity as I got off the train and I walked straight into their of­fices – I was in­ter­viewed there and then and a few weeks later I started my three-year di­ploma in adult nurs­ing.”

Char­lotte’s de­ter­mi­na­tion was mo­ti­vated by her grand­fa­ther’s death from can­cer a few months be­fore her shop­ping trip.

She said: “My grandad, Jack, died at home and I had watched the ex­cel­lent care he was given by the teams of nurses at the time.

“I was com­pletely in­spired to do the same. Some­thing in­side me just felt that this was what I needed to do”.

This month she cel­e­brates one year in her role within the in­pa­tient ward at the hospice and has never re­gret­ted for a sec­ond her ca­reer con­ver­sion.

“My friends are all of an age where per­haps there’s not a lot of death around them so they’re al­ways cu­ri­ous about why I en­joy my job so much,” added Char­lotte.

“I love to chal­lenge their per­cep­tions that the hospice is a dark and sad place – it cer­tainly isn’t.

“We are all about living and bring­ing life to the dy­ing process.”

Char­lotte, 30, was no stranger to the hospice when she walked through the doors last year.

She had pre­vi­ously vol­un­teered to work there over Christ­mas in 2010 and was im­pressed by the all-round care.

She said: “When you see fam­i­lies first come in, many are ex­hausted and tired-out.

“The nurses can give them the sup­port they need to re­store those fam­ily bonds and that makes it so ful­fill­ing for us.”

Char­lotte is one of 55 nurses who pro­vide 365-day care at the hospice.

Like many of her col­leagues, she worked all over the Christ­mas pe­riod – bal­anc­ing work with fam­ily life.

“This job has changed me – ev­ery sin­gle day I go home to my two-year-old son, Alby, and think how lucky I am,” she said.

“Some peo­ple might call us he­roes – I cer­tainly don’t re­gard my­self as one.

“We get one chance to get it right for our pa­tients and that’s all we strive to do ev­ery day”.

He­len Knight, clin­i­cal direc­tor at East Cheshire Hospice, said: “Our nurses cre­ate such a won­der­ful at­mos­phere here at the hospice and their care and pro­fes­sion­al­ism is sec­ond to none.

“I’m so proud of the work they do – they are East Cheshire Hospice.” ●● Early bird en­try cut-off date is ap­proach­ing on Fe­bru­ary 14 for Bub­ble Rush – the UK’s first 5k fun run through ‘walls’ of foam.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple have al­ready signed up for this new event. The early bird en­try of £20 is re­funded for those who raise at least £100. En­trants aged 10 and un­der pay just £10.

To en­ter go to www. eastcheshire­hos­ uk/Bub­bleRush.

●● Char­lotte Guerin

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