We wanted to celebrate another one of our incredible St Andrew's Hospice Nurse's as part of Year of the Nurse. This time, we caught up with Joanne Cleland, Clinical Lead Nurse on our Adults’ inpatient unit.
We are very happy to continue the Year of the Nurse by introducing you to our fantastic, funny and fabulous Clinical Lead Nurse, Joanne Cleland.
Joanne, also known as Crazy Jo by her colleagues, has been with St Andrew’s Hospice for over 13 years. She started training as a nurse with us and has enjoyed her time here so much that she has never left.
Joanne, born and raised in Grimsby, started her nursing journey 16 years ago as a Care Assistant and rose through the ranks until she was a manager. Needing a new challenge, and much to our benefit, she began training as a fully qualified nurse at St Andrew’s Hospice.
A Clinical Lead Nurse bridges the bedside care with complicated, data-driven modern healthcare delivery systems, addressing the needs of specific patients while also transforming healthcare practice to make care better for everyone. Joanne now fulfils this role and her sense of humour and buzzing energy delights everyone around her. Joanne shares the morals and values of St Andrew’s Hospice and thrives on caring for her patients so much that it has often been said to her by various managers “If I was to cut you in half, you would have hospice written through the middle of you”
When asked to sum a day up working in the hospice, Joanne stated that “every day is different” and that “her work is her life”. Her ambitions for the future is to continue working at St Andrew’s Hospice until she retires and we are only too happy to keep her.
Joanne would like to offer the following advice to new, training or to anyone thinking of becoming a nurse; “You need to have a kind, caring and patient nature and be prepared to work very hard. The job can be hard but is very rewarding”.