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My job: palliative care children's nurse

Nurses who provide children's palliative care in the voluntary sector explain why their roles offer not only job satisfaction, but considerable career development opportunities. 

The number of children and young people living with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition is rising, but there is a shortage of qualified nurses providing children’s palliative care in the voluntary sector.

The charity Together for Short Lives has launched a campaign to encourage nurses to consider a role in this sector to prevent any further reduction in services for this already vulnerable group.

Workforce and development manager Gillian Dickson says: ‘Our You Can Be That Nurse campaign is about shining a light on the wonderful opportunity a nursing career in this sector can bring.

‘The varied nature of the role and the opportunity to provide holistic care to the child and their family make this one of the most rewarding roles in


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