Meet Joy

Children's Palliative Care Nurse

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I am bubbly and outgoing nurse from Ireland, and yes my accent is very strong! My mum chose the right name for me as I’ve always been full of JOY!  I love to travel, and my next destination is Dublin!!

As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a nurse and it was after a volunteering trip to India when I was 14, where I saw Irish nurses working in a remote village hospital that my decision to become a nurse was made.

I have also volunteered in Belarus while I was studying nursing in college. I visited twice for a month each time and also volunteered over two Christmases working in a baby home and orphanage for children aged 0-17 who had physical and intellectual disabilities. There were numerous children who were under the palliative care team. We also visited a hospice in Belarus and this is when I decided I wanted to work with children.

I love working at Richard House because it has a ‘home from home’ feel to it.  It has such a friendly and child centred environment which each child really enjoys when they come in for their stay. All the staff are so friendly, welcoming and it is like another extended family.