Catriona Campbell-Baigrie joined the In-Patient Unit at Princess Alice Hospice as a Staff Nurse at the start of the New Year having worked in an Acute Medical Unit and Intensive Care Unit at a busy London hospital for five years.
Catriona has always got a lot of satisfaction from giving good end of life care to patients and their families but, working in a frontline acute unit where it can often feel like you are on a “conveyor belt”; it wasn’t always possible to provide the level of care and support she wanted to give.
“Many of the in-patients at Princess Alice Hospice are not here for end of life care but are here for a variety of reasons, including complex symptom management and respite care. The work we do here means that patients often leave the Hospice feeling better than when they were admitted and therefore have a better quality of life at home.
“Although we do encounter death amongst our patients, being able to provide truly holistic care gives me a great deal of satisfaction…the kind of satisfaction that I would never get working in a hospital.”
Reflecting on her first few weeks with the Hospice, Catriona said:
I am very glad I made the move to come and work at Princess Alice Hospice. It is a lovely and happy environment to work in; everyone is very friendly and welcoming.
“Coming from a very intensive, busy background, where I had been one-to-one nursing critically ill patients, I was worried about taking on a ward of patients with differing needs. However, the staffing levels at the Hospice are excellent and there is a wonderfully collaborative sense of teamwork here. Everyone is well supported and able to give the time to patients, relatives and each other.
“If you are looking for a new challenge, I would definitely recommend working at the Princess Alice Hospice.”