A day in the life of a Children's Hospice Nurse

30 July 2018

We recently caught up with NI Children's Hospice nurse Kathryn Sloan, 24, who provided us with an insight into her role.

What interested you in working at/for the Hospice?

Prior to working at NI Children's Hospice, I worked at a Children’s Hospice in England for nearly 3 years, so I was familiar with the hospice ethos of providing holistic care for children and their families.

People always assume that hospices are sad places, but it is a happy family environment, where families can make precious memories.

What is your favourite aspect of working at Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice?

Working closely with children and their families is really rewarding and really special. Every day is so different, and always filled with fun and laughter.  I love getting involved in activities such as swimming, outings (especially when it involves ice cream!), multisensory play and summer time water fights.

If you could describe the Hospice in three words what would they be? 

Fun, caring, welcoming

Would you encourage others to apply for Hospice? 

100% yes! Working in the Children’s Hospice is not just about looking after children at the end of life, but also supporting them and their families through their journey, and making sure they don’t miss precious moments.

Knowing that we can give children and their families a chance to have a break and recharge is such a privilege. It’s an amazing job, a very supportive team, and I often have “I love my job” moments.

We're currently recruiting for Children's Hospice nurses to join our team. For more information, please visit: