The newest registered nurse on the ward at East Cheshire Hospice is a familiar face.
Carly Forrester is celebrating passing her exams after almost eight years with the Hospice.
She started off as a health care assistant before becoming an assistant practitioner and then taking an 18-month nursing course.
Carly has worked in the care sector for 16 years, experiencing various medical settings.
The hospice world is her favourite and especially East Cheshire Hospice which has supported her career ambitions.
Carly said: “It’s a privilege to work somewhere so close to my heart. I always wanted to work in palliative care and developed my skills so I can use them where I want to be.
Carly Forrester who has passed her nursing exams.
“I’ve wanted to be a nurse since I was about 12 and knew about the Hospice from my previous work in care.
“They were extremely supportive during my training and I’d like to thank our Learning and Development Adviser Anna Redfern, in particular, for sorting out my placements and helping me when needed.”
Carly spent time in hospital operating theatres and mental health units as part of course placements from Staffordshire University.
“Working elsewhere has confirmed just how good the Hospice is. I’m not being biased, but the care here is second to none.
“I don’t see the team work and support given here to the same extent anywhere else. The Hospice is like a big family, whereas there isn’t that same vibe between professionals elsewhere.”
Carly enjoys making candles and now her studies are over hopes to find more time for her hobby.
She has no hesitation recommending a nursing career.
Nurse Carly Forrester who has been with East Cheshire Hospice for nearly eight years.
“I’d say do it and don’t be put off by any negative comments. If you find an area you want to be in like me with the Hospice you won’t regret it. You’ll love it and hopefully excel.
“My main goal is ensuring patients are safe and happy. To facilitate a good death and be there with them in their final days.
“That means providing comfort and re-assurance for patients, their families and friends and enabling them to spend time with loved ones at such a difficult time.
“I enjoy working in palliative and end-of-life care, whereas some nurses might want to make people better.
“My message is do what you want. Nursing opens up so many doors and you get plenty of support from your employers and university.”