Night Nurse Profile: Caroline
Caroline from Co. Meath has been a Night Nurse for the Irish Cancer Society for the past 4 years, providing end of life care and support for cancer patients in the comfort of their own homes during their last days.
Caroline understands the job is a difficult one, but it's also very rewarding, supporting families and making a difference for people when they're at their most vulnerable. "An ear to listen and an extra helping hand is a huge support to them".
Because it is such a sensitive time in their lives, the connections made between the nurse and patient are that much more important. When we asked Caroline about one of her fondest memories with a patient, the one that came to mind was one where the bond was formed with not just her, but with the entire family.
Sadly, the most common question Caroline is asked is one we hear too often: "How will my family manage without me?"
The Irish Cancer Society's night nurses are here to help, as well as our many other forms of support from financial aid to our free cancer Nurseline. You can learn more here.
Thank you to everyone who has fundraised and supported the Irish Cancer Society, and continues to do so. Your efforts are what helps us ensure that no-one has to face a cancer diagnosis in Ireland alone.