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Vivian Mwashita (Viv), Staff Nurse on the St Luke's in patient centre.

Can you tell us something about yourself?

I am originally from Zimbabwe but now live in Sheffield. I am proud mum to two boys, a teenager and a son in his twenties who is a Doctor.

Can you tell me something about your nursing life before St Luke’s?

Before starting my role at the hospice I was a haematology nurse. I completed my nurse training at the University of Derby in 2014.

Why did you decide to apply for a job at St Luke’s?

I have a great passion for palliative care and supporting patients and relatives throughout their illness.

How is being a nurse at St Luke’s different to other nursing jobs?

It provides the opportunity to spend time with patients whilst delivering holistic care which is safe and effective. Each day is different and brings new challenges as we care for people with many different medical conditions. The hospice is dedicated to developing their nursing team and provides lots of learning opportunities and courses. The whole team on the in-patient centre is amazing and supportive of each other just like a family!

What is the thing you enjoy most about being part of the St Luke’s team?

I am part of an outstanding team and feel valued as a nurse and individual within the team.

What are the specific challenges of working in palliative care?

Palliative care nursing can be emotionally demanding. Sometimes it can be difficult to detach from patients and their families as we get to know each patient as an individual, sometimes we even meet their dogs.

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