Say hello to a Marie Curie Nurse

Meet Justin, a Marie Curie Nurse. We asked him some questions to find out what it’s like being a Marie Curie Nurse, and what things he’s learnt looking after people living with a terminal illness.

A typical day

“There are no typical days as a Marie Curie Nurse, but there are a few things that we need to do. First I get the info on my patient. Depending on the degree of their illness I’ll need to understand the degree of anxiety the family will be living with. Then I’ll try and build a rapport with the family and take an assessment of the patient’s needs and apply what's needed to help them deal with pain – aiming for them to be pain-free.” 

“By the time I leave I want to have made sure my patient has received holistic care and the family is happy and settled.” 

The best and hardest things

“I’ve learnt that the best part about being a Marie Curie Nurse is seeing the impact I’m making on people’s lives and being able to relieve the emotional burden of caring for my patients’ families. Receiving a thank you letter every now and again is a real pick-me-up too.” 

“But you do have to get used to working by yourself. You can sometimes feel alone as a lone worker but I’ve found support is always there to help me do what I love.” 

Getting to know a patient is vital

“No one patient is the same, so I don’t have sayings or quotes I use to help open up patients and families. I like to tap into what they love and used to do though - in one case it was zombie films.” 

“And I make sure I don’t get burnt out by listening to RnB music, pattern cutting & meditation. I want to make sure I’m ready to help. Before I get to the patient I tell myself that I am going to expect the best and I will give the best.”

£5 a month - over a year, your gift could pay for three hours of vital nursing care for someone with a terminal illness in their home.

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