Susan Smith

Senior Sister, In Patient Unit

(RGN, RMN, BA Cancer Nursing, Specialist Practitioner)

Susan’s interest in palliative care began in 1985 when she completed a short course in Edinburgh entitled ‘Care of the Dying Patient and his Family’.

Shortly after this she became aware of a group of professionals who had the vision of building a palliative care unit in the Highlands.  Susan says, “I have had the privilege of being involved in the Highland Hospice ever since.”
“My first role at Highland Hospice was as a general volunteer when I helped raise monies in the Culloden area, followed by a period of working in the Day Hospice as a volunteer nurse. In 1988 I was successful in becoming a nurse within the In Patient Unit and my current role is Senior Sister.  Although working in palliative care can be challenging at times, it is also very rewarding as you get to work alongside people who wish to give of their very best so that they can meet the needs of the people who access our services.  I have found working at Highland Hospice has enabled me grow as a practitioner as I have always found the Hospice to be an innovative unit that strives to deliver the best service it can to the people of the Highlands.”

“I hope I have many more years to enjoy playing my part in the delivery of this excellent service.”

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