Linda has worked at the hospice for nearly 30 years, here she tells us what working at the hospice and nursing means to her...
Joining the hospice in 1991, as a bank Enrolled Nurse, before becoming a full-time member of the team in 1992, Linda has worked in a number of roles throughout the independent charity as part of a career she describes as her “dream”.
“When we were asked at school what we wanted to be when we grew up, I instinctively knew I wanted to be a nurse and that was always my dream,” explains Linda.
“I always wanted to be a nurse so went straight from pre-nursing school into nurse training at Ipswich Hospital. As a student nurse I cared for many patients but two, in particular, remained in my mind from my training and have done throughout my career.
“They were both palliative care patients, both were told very badly about their illness, as were their loved ones and I knew there had to be a better way to communicate and care for people and their families at such a difficult time.
“So when I learnt there were opportunities to join St Elizabeth Hospice I had no hesitation and I could tell straight away that the hospice held similar values as I did and I haven’t looked back since joining.”