Kate Sutton started working for our North-West Community Services team in October 2020, which was just nine months after she qualified. Here, she talks more about her career so far and why working for St Barnabas Hospice means so much to her.
Kate said, “Before coming to St Barnabas I was working in London on a coronavirus ward – a job which I started just three days after lockdown. The experience I gained from this was extremely valuable, if not a bit overwhelming.
“I was a bit worried about moving into such a specialist area so soon after qualifying, but I can honestly say that joining St Barnabas has been the best decision I have made.
“I always wanted to work for St Barnabas as it is a charity very close to my heart. My step-dad unfortunately passed away in the Inpatient Unit a few years ago and despite it being a very emotionally challenging time, I was amazed by the outstanding level of care and compassion in which both he and my family received whilst he was there. It also ignited my passion to pursue a career in nursing and motivated me to ensure that I too aim to provide the highest level of care that I possibly can.
“I absolutely love my job and feel privileged to be able to help and assist patients and their loved ones during one of their hardest times. There are tough moments, but through knowing that I have the ability to make a difference and to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care and that their wishes are upheld, makes everything worthwhile.
“My confidence and passion for nursing really took a knock last year, as I’m sure it did for most people working on the front line, but my tram have really helped me to fall back in love with nursing again. I have never been part of a team that is so supportive, kind and knowledgeable.”