Nursing Ethos : St Richard’s Hospice
There is considerable national debate about the public’s perception of nursing and how patients and their loved ones want nursing care to be provided with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect. These values are well established and reflected by the St Richard’s Hospice nursing teams in everything they do …. but how do they go about transforming these values into daily actions?
For us it is quite simple .As a hospice and a charity, our approach is inspired by the founder of the hospice movement, Dame Cicely Saunders, who was very clear about the aims of hospice and nursing care …….‘You matter because you are you . You matter to the last moment of your life and we will do all we can, not only to help you die in peace but also to live until you die’.
Our philosophy of nursing care is achieved by five key objectives
But how can we be confident our nurses are kind and provide compassionate, dignified and safe care? The proof lies with feedback received from family members.
‘Your team thought of everything possible to ensure that she had the best possible care and that of course included her family and friends who visited her. It is a rare gift to be able to discretely nurse a patient so that he is enabled to present himself in the best possible way and enjoy his last remaining days with dignity and grace. Congratulations to you all your team for achieving perfection – and I do mean perfection- in your standard of care offered to those who are fading from us and to those who must watch and mourn and making end-of-life care so dignified, uplifting and serene.’
June Patel Care Director