Alongside my nursing career from a very young child in a Catholic and Spiritual upbringing, my journey and passion have had many influences.
As a young ‘would be’ nurse, I accompanied the ‘sick and dying’ of our parish to Lourdes and Rome, which only confirmed my dedication to nursing and care.
Once qualified as a nurse and health visitor, I took a years sabbatical with a friend, where we spent time in Calcutta at Mother Teresa’s (St.) Mission working in a home for the sick and dying, called Prem Dam. When we met this truly beautiful, tiny but influential advocate of the poorest of the poor, her words to us were ‘there is much work to be done in London’.
A few years later I began my work with the homeless, asylum seekers and refugees in London. Saint Mother Teresa has many beautiful words and saying recorded, but the one that most resonates with my work with the elderly and dying over many years, in varying roles is this;
Speaking of a man as she collected him from the streets to take him to one of the Mission homes, she states; ‘He told me, I have lived like an animal on the streets, but I am going to die like an angel, smiling. He did die smiling, because he felt loved and surrounded by care’,
( In my own words, by Jose Luis Gonzalez-Balado 1989).
During the last 5 years, when I have taught in classrooms and care settings, carers and nurses, the value of Dignity in End of Life Care has been my message.
I have had extensive professional experience over thirty two years, as a Registered Nurse, Paediatric Nurse and Health Visitor. Most of my career has been in community nursing, in rural and urban areas. I have worked in London and Eastern areas, and in Spain, in mostly nurse led teams. My speciality has been with vulnerable groups, such as asylum seekers, homeless and traveller communities, and more recently, elder care and long term conditions.
My experience in the private sector incorporated nurse consultant in a clinic for the expat community in Spain. Insurance Medicals for a private agency in London, as well as a School Nurse for an International School and a Staff Nurse for Elder Care in Gibraltar. More recently I have worked as a Branch Nurse and Trainer for a UK Agency, following several months working as a Specialist Nurse Assessor for Continuing Healthcare, in line with Mental Capacity Act/Advocacy and Power of Attorney for consent.
In the last year, and during a culmination of my nursing career and way of life, following a 36 hour shift, I had an awareness and a knowing that my path in this life had to take on a new road. I found myself at a shamanic retreat in Costa Rica, Rythmia. Here I was guided to find out whom I had become, to mend my heart, and reunite with my soul.
This work is the Beginning of that new journey, with passion and “awakening”, to who I really am,
and my service to others.
AET registered Trainer – Medication, End Of Life, Moving and Handling, Emergency Procedures and Dignity in Care
One to One training and sign off for complex care, including Tracheostomy, PEG, Cough Assist, Oxygen, Catheters and Controlled Medication
Assessment of families and their children (In accordance with Every Child Matters)
Child Protection/In Need/Looked after Children Reviews
Public Health – (Immunisation/cytology)
Health Promotion – Including Nutrition (Healthy Schools)
Audit and Review
Specialist Outreach Clinics and Health Education
Care Package/Risk Assessment and one to one support for clients, families and care staff.
Continuous use of IT systems