Treetops nurse with long service award

Julie Ludlam, Treetops Hospice at Home Nurse, shares her thoughts on her nursing role.

Author: Julie Ludlam, Hospice at Home nurse

Date: October 2021

After qualifying on a ward specialising in oncology, I had a desire to help patients at the end of life remain at home if that was their wish.

As a Treetops Hospice at Home nurse, I see my role as a real privilege as I am let into the lives of patients and their families at such a difficult time.

You can become one of the family. I don’t see it as a job; it’s a pleasure to support patients and families both physically and emotionally.
For the patient, we can give physical and emotional support, manage their symptoms and liaise with everyone around them. For families and carers, I can provide some respite but I also listen to them, offer advice and help them understand what’s happening.
I love my job and I think of Treetops as a little family. We get a lot of support from each other and the coordination team and I’m proud to be a part of this incredible team.
I’m honoured to have recently received my 25 Year Long Service Award.  It’s amazing and it really doesn’t seem like 25 years since I joined Treetops Hospice. The time has gone by so quickly and I hope that I’ve helped to make a difference.