‘Every contact counts’

Sharon Finn tells Clare Lomas how hospice care became her calling, and describes the efforts she makes to build strong relationships with patients

Abstract

Sharon Finn’s dedication to improving the lives of patients with terminal or life-limiting conditions recently saw her crowned joint winner of the RCN health practitioner member award at the Nursing Standard Awards.  She tells Clare Lomas how hospice care became her calling and describes the efforts she makes to build strong relationships with patients.

When senior healthcare assistant (HCA) Sharon Finn met a vulnerable man while on patrol as a neighbourhood warden, she knew she had found her vocation.  Realising that the man was down on his luck and in need of support, she pointed him in the direction of services that could help. When she later visited him at St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney, east London, she says she could tell straight away that it was ‘a place of nurturing’.

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First published in print in Cancer Nursing Practice: 10 June 2015, volume 14, issue 5.

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