Shortage of Irish Cancer Society Night Nurses in Wexford
Society launches urgent recruitment campaign for nurses throughout the county
The Irish Cancer Society has issued a call for Night Nurses in the Wexford area to deliver the Society’s Night Nursing service. The Night Nursing service is a free service available to patients at the final stage of their illness at night in their own homes. It is funded by donations from the public through campaigns such as Daffodil Day and is delivered by highly trained, registered nurses who provide care and support between the hours of 11pm and 7am.
In 2016, 55 cancer patients in Wexford received 191 nights of care, in their homes, through the Society’s Night Nursing service. A total of 1,762 patients throughout Ireland used the service in 2016 with Irish Cancer Night Nurses providing 7,260 nights of care.
Mary Ferns, Night Nursing Manager at the Irish Cancer Society said: “The Night Nursing service provides vital support to families, when they need it most. So many families are comforted by the knowledge that their loved ones are receiving the best possible care at home as they near the end of their life.
“Unfortunately due to a number of factors, we are currently experiencing a shortage of Night Nurses in the Wexford area which may impact the service we provide to families there.
“We are encouraging anyone who is interested in becoming an Irish Cancer Society Night Nurse to contact us and find out more about what the role entails,” she concluded.
Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Night Nursing service, can contact the Irish Cancer Society’s Cancer Nurseline on Freephone 1800 200 700 or visit www.cancer.ie/support/night-nursing.