As part of District Nursing Week, Family Nursing & Home Care (FNHC) are celebrating the commitment and extraordinary work of their District Nursing Team.
FNHC District Nurses provide expert care to patients over the age of 18 in individual homes, residences and clinical settings. They also support the management of long term conditions and have deep extensive expertise in palliative and end of life care.
Supported by specialist nurses and trained senior healthcare assistants, the FNHC District Nursing teams of experts work together across the island with patients to understand their needs, developing individualised care plans whilst applying their expertise to deliver the best possible care with dignity at the core of their service.
We asked the District Nursing Team (Tia Hall, Gilly Glendewar, Ann Morgan and Kirby Lyons) to share the ‘best part’ of their jobs. This is what they had to say:
Ann said: “The best part of my job is the people – the patients and the teams we work with. The contact with our patients and their families/loved ones gives great job satisfaction along the way. No day is the same.
We need to be able to think on our feet and come up with creative and practical solutions to problems – it stretches my brain! I am always learning.”
Kirby commented: “One of the best parts of my job is when myself and my patients work together to achieve the same goal. For example, diabetes management can be very confusing and worrying to some people, but being able to see their confidence grow in independently managing their own needs without worry is a great feeling. Health education is an essential part of community nursing and I love and feel very proud to be a part of their journey.”
Tia added: “The best part of my job is receiving cards and letters from patients and their families praising our nursing teams for making a difference to their or their loved ones life, both supporting them to recover but also supporting them in their final days. End of life care is so important as we only have one chance to get it right.
“I am always grateful that families take time out at such a difficult time to thank our team for their care and kindness. It really does make a difference to our team who are always busy, reminding them of the difference that they make every day. I’m so proud of the team and the care and kindness they show to their patients, families and each other every day.”
Gilly concluded: “The best part of my job is learning new skills to help do a good job, finding a solution to problems that work for patients, families and the teams. Working with colleagues to come up with positive solutions for situations, developing new ways of working new projects and educational support. Joint working across all health settings to promote joined up working between sectors.”
FNHC CEO Rosemarie Finley (shown in the main image) commented: “Our District Nursing Teams are integral to our function and are deeply embedded among our island community. We are immensely proud and grateful of the work the nurses across our organisation continue to do.”
FNHC’s charity work is heavily dependent and supported by islander’s donations and your support helps us to continue providing the best possible care with dignity at the core of our service.