International Nurses Day: A chance to celebrate our amazing care staff

12 May 2016
Today (12 May) is International Nurses Day – an annual day marked around the world on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth.

At Demelza on International Nurses Day we recognise our truly incredible care team and thank them for providing expert and compassionate care for Demelza children, young people and their families.

Danni Kerin, Palliative Care Nurse at Demelza Kent in Sittingbourne, explains why she loves working at Demelza.

She said: “Before coming to Demelza I worked on a hospital children’s ward for 15 years. I loved working with children but I got frustrated at not having time to spend with the families. It’s totally different here. Palliative care is about focusing on quality of life, for the child and the entire family.

“But whatever I am doing, there is always time to listen. I took this job because I wanted the chance to use the skills I gained doing a foundation course in counselling as well as my nursing skills.

“Of course sometimes that means supporting families through the loss of their child. That’s not something you get used to, but at least if you have built up a relationship you have the comfort of knowing you have helped make it as positive an experience as possible, building up memories and giving them time to concentrate on their child and let us take care of everything else.”

Melissa Day joined Demelza as a Palliative Care Nurse seven years ago when we opened Demelza SEL in Eltham.

She said: "The thing that attracted me to children’s palliative care was the opportunity to provide one-to-one quality care with seriously ill children and their families. I am very lucky to be able to work at Demelza and help to create precious memories, especially when time is short.

"There is something very special about learning how to communicate with non-verbal children and I find it so fulfilling seeing children in our care respond so positively to music and art therapy. There is nothing better.”