Today, 12 May, is International Nurses' Day, and CLIC Sargent is celebrating the remarkable difference nurses make.
Here, one of our own CLIC Sargent Nurses, Ken, talks about why he is proud of his work helping to support children and young people with cancer, and their families, through treatment.
Why Ken became a CLIC Sargent Nurse
"On changing careers some 15 years ago I aspired to simply 'make a difference' (no matter how large or small) to those children, young people and families under my care.
"This could have been as simple as making a cup of tea, to supporting a family through end of life care for their child - no two days are ever the same, but developing the trust and confidence in those cared for is at the centre of what we do.
“My career defining moment to date was becoming a CLIC Sargent Outreach Nurse Specialist.
"While demanding and not without its challenges, this role enables me to give children and families the time they deserve, ultimately improving the quality of their experience in adjusting to a cancer diagnosis.
Providing guidance and support
“Families look to us as professionals to 'fix things' - although an impossible task in that we can't change the diagnosis - while acting as the key worker and first point of contact, we are importantly able to guide and support through the wealth of questions and issues that arise - signposting to additional resources as necessary.
“Personally, I think that the CLIC Sargent Nurse Specialist role is really important on two levels.
"Firstly, it means we can support children and families during their time in hospital. But even more significantly, we can help them maintain that vital sense of normality while they are at home and, for the children specifically, at school.”