Hospice needs home nurses

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A HOSPICE has resorted to asking people to pass the word on to friends that it is in need of nurses because it has had not luck finding new recruits through the usual channels.

Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice Care has only had what it describes as a trickle of applicants for five hospice-at-home nursing positions following adverts in specialist nursing publications and local newspapers.

Spokesman Kathryn Pezet said: “We have run the campaign since last September onwards and the problem is that’s it’s a lot of money to keep paying for advertisement and we can’t sustain it, that’s why we are trying word of mouth.”

The charity needs candidates with experience in either community nursing or palliative care, but it will also welcome applications from newly-qualified nurses.

Competing against higher London-weighted salaries and other positions offering relocation packages are just two of the reasons that the charity has cited for the poor response.

“Palliative care is not an area of nursing that everyone is attracted to working in but those who do, tend to be committed and find it very rewarding,” Kathryn explained.

Nurses who work for IRGH benefit from flexible working hours, being part of a tight-knit team so shifts can be worked around childcare arrangements or other commitments.

IRGH director of nursing Sue Varvel explained: “Our local communities always rally round when we need help so we’re asking everyone to pass on the message that we’re actively recruiting and the roles offer good career development opportunities.”