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Nurse with a zest for life – and a passion for palliative care

A student placement in a hospice ignited a passion for palliative care that has never left nurse Beth Hawkins, who years later has returned to the same hospice as a ward sister
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A student placement in a hospice ignited a passion for palliative care that has never left nurse Beth Hawkins, who years later has returned to the same hospice as a ward sister

A placement in a hospice as a student ignited a passion for palliative care that has never left nurse Beth Hawkins.

‘It struck a chord with me, and I knew it was where I wanted to work,’ says Ms Hawkins, who qualified in 1998. ‘Palliative care is what nursing is all about. You are looking at the patient as a whole, addressing all their needs and using all your skills.’

Ms Hawkins’ student placement was at Cransley Hospice in Kettering, Northamptonshire. She returned in 1999, leaving four years later to work in dialysis and haematology and for a community hospice-at-home

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