Leap Year Campaign - What is it like to be a nurse at Saint Michael's Hospice in Harrogate?

Throughout February, the Harrogate Advertiser Leap Year Appeal with Saint Michael’s Hospice aims to raise £15,500 to cover the cost of an extra day of care this leap year.

Wednesday, 19th February 2020, 9:33 am
Updated Wednesday, 19th February 2020, 9:33 am

Nurses care for patients on Saint Michael’s Inpatient Unit 24 hours a day, and this year, for 366 days.

Amy Mills and Lizzie Kirkwood are both staff nurses on the Inpatient Unit. Amy has worked for Saint Michael’s for nearly a year, and Lizzie for nearly two years. Their roles involve working as part of the multi-disciplinary team to assess, plan, implement, deliver and evaluate specialist palliative nursing care for patients.

From left: Amy Mills and Lizzie Kirkwood, staff nurses at Saint Michael's Hospice Inpatient Unit.

Amy, who was previously one of Saint Michael’s student nurses, said: “Nursing in a hospice environment means we can spend more time with patients and their families, building a rapport with them.”

When asked why prospective nurses should consider a career with Saint Michael’s, Lizzie said: “I’d encourage any nurse to consider joining our friendly team. We’re really well supported and have the opportunity to provide personalised care, looking after patients with a variety of needs.”

Saint Michael’s is currently recruiting full-time, part-time and bank staff nurses to join its dedicated team. Find out more on its website.

If you would like to donate to the Harrogate Advertiser Leap Year Appeal, call 01423 878 628 or visit the dedicated JustGiving page by clicking here.