Student nurse Holly's placement at Demelza

24 August 2019

We asked student nurse Holly to tell us about her experiences during her placement here at Demelza.

"I am currently studying children’s nursing at the University of Birmingham, at the end of our second year we are given the opportunity to choose a placement area where we will work for four weeks so here I am at Demelza! I have an interest in the complex care offered in a hospice environment and live locally to Demelza Kent so it was the perfect opportunity for me. I came to hear about Demelza through a charity dance show I took part in which was raising money for Demelza House.

During my time at Demelza I have taken part in a range of activities, I have been predominantly based within the care team working alongside the amazing nurses and care assistants in caring for the children staying at Demelza Kent. I have really valued being able to care beyond the typical nursing realms I have experienced on other placements, it is lovely to be able to support the children in music and art therapy sessions, relax in the sensory room, have fun in the soft play room, things that aren’t typical to a nursing environment I have been in before. The rewarding feeling you get after a shift is great, the children at Demelza really remind me of why I wanted to come into nursing.

I have also been lucky enough to spend a day at the beach with the family support team and families from Demelza. It was so lovely to see the work that goes on outside of Demelza and to see the families having fun and really impacting from the support of the team - and to spend a day in the sunshine!  

Whilst at Demelza I have been able to see all of the amazing work that the fundraising and marketing teams do, it is easy to forget how much behind the scenes work is needed to keep Demelza running in the fantastic way that it is.

For now, I will be enjoying my final year as a student before entering the big world of work!"

Thanks, Holly!