The little things that are the big things

It is obvious to everyone she works with why hospice healthcare assistant Sharon Finn was a winner in this year’s nurse awards, says Elaine Cole

It is obvious to everyone she works with why hospice healthcare assistant Sharon Finn was a winner in this years nurse awards, says Elaine Cole.

Abstract

Sharon Finn, a senior healthcare assistant at St Josephs Hospice in Hackney, London, has won praise for the positive environment she creates with her enthusiasm for work, support for colleagues, and sensitivity and compassion towards patients and families. She is the joint winner of the RCN Health Practitioner Member Award, a category in this years Nursing Standard Awards.

Sharon Finn intuitively can tell what a person needs at a given time, says hospice nurse Mary Flatley. Sometimes they may need music or singing, at other times they need to be able to talk about death and dying or just to be quiet.

Ms Flatley, inpatient lead nurse at St Josephs Hospice in Hackney, London, was delighted when Ms Finn, senior healthcare

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It is obvious to everyone she works with why hospice healthcare assistant Sharon Finn was a winner in this year’s nurse awards, says Elaine Cole.

Abstract

Sharon Finn, a senior healthcare assistant at St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney, London, has won praise for the positive environment she creates with her enthusiasm for work, support for colleagues, and sensitivity and compassion towards patients and families. She is the joint winner of the RCN Health Practitioner Member Award, a category in this year’s Nursing Standard Awards.

‘Sharon Finn intuitively can tell what a person needs at a given time,’ says hospice nurse Mary Flatley. ‘Sometimes they may need music or singing, at other times they need to be able to talk about death and dying or just to be quiet.’

Ms Flatley, inpatient lead nurse at St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney, London, was delighted when Ms Finn, senior healthcare assistant at the hospice, was selected as a finalist in the RCN Healthcare Practitioner Member category of the Nursing Standard Nurse Awards 2015.

‘Seeing the impact of Sharon’s skilled approach can be incredibly moving – such as an isolated, withdrawn patient who you suddenly hear laughing or joining in a song,’ she says. ‘And she is a great team player, so supportive of her colleagues and her manager.’

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This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: 2 September 2015, volume 30, issue 1.

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