Hannah Purser – Sponsor a Nurse

Hannah Purser
Hannah Purser, who has worked as a registered nurse on the hospice’s Inpatient Unit since March 2020.

“I find my job extremely rewarding as I enjoy helping patients and their relatives to optimise the quality of their life,” she said.

“Working as part of a team to ensure patients are given safe and compassionate care motivates me to be the best nurse and advocate I can be every day.

“To become a nurse has always been an ambition of mine and is a decision I have not regretted. My Nanny and Auntie were nurses as well, so they were really pleased that I’d followed their path and all my family and friends are very supportive of me and proud that I am contributing to the local community in my job.”

From Felixstowe, Hannah trained to be a nurse at the Univeristy of Suffolk having previously completed a degree in History of Art at the University of Kent. After graduating from the Univeristy of Suffolk she worked at Ipswich Hospital’s Somersham Ward, in oncology and haematology, which is where her interest in palliative care began.

“While working on Somersham Ward I developed a passion for palliative care and helping people during extremely difficult times in their lives which is what led to me wanting to work at the hospice,” explained Hannah.

“I was so pleased to join St Elizabeth Hospice as I was very aware of the high-levels of care they provide, as well as having my own person connection to the hospice movement, after my Nanny received hospice support during her last days, and I remember clearly the care and compassion she was given.”

Hannah Purser – Registered Nurse At St Elizabeth Hospice Inpatient Unit

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Working full-time, five-days-a-week, Hannah’s role on the inpatient unit is varied but typically she delivers medication rounds, provides personal care to patients as well as giving holistic support to patients and their families.

Outside of work Hannah enjoys reading, swimming and spending time with her boyfriend, parents and two sisters while also walking her Golden Labrador, Ruby, along Felixstowe beach.

Hannah added: “The hospice is such a warm place to be, full of care and compassion. Everyone you meet, from staff and volunteers to patients and their families, they are all touched by the atmosphere of the hospice.

“It’s not always about people at the end of their life, patients sometimes come for symptom control and the Ward has more of a positive and fun at times place to be than people may expect, as families come together with loved ones to make the most of life.

“All the staff are united in our aim to deliver the best care possible to all the patients and families under our care, while the volunteers who support us, provide invaluable assistance in so many different and important ways; they really compliment the team.

“As well as this, the whole hospice family is continuously humbled by the brilliant support we receive from the local community. Through hospice fundraising events, purchasing items from our retail shops and supporting campaigns, such as Sponsor a Nurse, every penny raised by supporters makes a huge difference to the team and to the patients and families we are proud to care for.”

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