The ‘Be the nurse’ campaign aims to attract nurses who are NHS band 5/6 and would like to join the hospice’s care team in Woodford Green.
Since 2003, the Hospice has provided palliative and holistic care for over 650 babies, children and young people (from birth to 19 years old) who have life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.
As part of its five-year strategy, the Hospice has set itself the target of supporting 500 children each year in North and North East London, West Essex and East Hertfordshire by the end of the 2020. In order to achieve this the hospice needs to expand its care team.
In February 2016, Together for Short Lives’ Nursing Vacancy Survey 2015 found a higher vacancy rate voluntary children’s palliative care organisations than the NHS average nurse vacancy rate, 10 per cent and 7 per cent respectively.
The charity, which speaks out for all children and young people who are expected to have short lives, warned that a shortage of nurses resulted in two thirds of voluntary sector children’s palliative care services reducing their offer of care to families.
To encourage nurses to think about working in children’s palliative care, the hospice has begun to publish a series of blogs from nursing staff in order to raise awareness of the benefits of working in the children’s hospice sector. Eileen White, Director of Care at Haven House, said ” [the hospice’s] ‘Be the nurse’ campaign is about rediscovering why highly-skilled and accomplished nurses went into the profession in the first place.”
“It’s no secret that many nurses in hospital settings are under intense pressure and this is impacting on career prospects.
“We want nurses to know that they do have options and can rediscover the joy of providing one-to-one personalised care within the children’s hospice sector.”
Aisling Kilbane, Practice Nurse Facilitator at Haven House has contributed a blog of her own to encourage nurses to think about working for the hospice. Aisling added, “many times I have met so many inspirational nurses, people I really admire, along my career path and they all had one thing in common, they listened to their patients and their families, they found the time and they delivered high standards of care.
“That was the nurse I wanted to be and that is why, once I took a deep breath and walked through the door at Haven House, I have never turned back.”
To read more of Aisling’s blog and to find out about our nursing vacancies, please visit www.havenhouse.org.uk/aisling