More time to care
In hospital you have so many children to look after and so little time, the service you offer is very impersonal. You are under so much pressure from structures and timescales and doing everything by the book. There is just no way you can tailor the care to the needs of individual children and give each child and family the time they need.
I used to get to the end of my shift and think, ‘what have I achieved?’. I had worked hard all day, done exactly what was asked of me, but felt like I had achieved nothing. I used to feel I had failed because I hadn’t been able to really meet the needs of the children in my care.
I wanted to be able to do more which is why I took a job at a hospice. After that I knew I could never go back to hospital nursing.