At the moment I work in critical care, where I have been for four years in June, band five. I am about to complete my diploma and intend to continue studying at least to degree level. I would really like to work in palliative care and my work in ICU (adult) has only confirmed this. How do you recommend I proceed?
I already also work in the community with a child with a life- limiting condition and intend to seek bank work at a local hospice (there are no permanent positions at present). Any other suggestions?
There would seem to be two queries.
1. The idea of continuing studies to degree level is excellent. Probably you should study this part time and if you obtain a permanent post you might find that the employer would give you study leave to enhance your qualification.
2. On the subject of obtaining the sort of employment that you desire I do have some advice that might be helpful. It is very likely that in your part of the country, as in most other areas, jobs are not always advertised (in fact some say that only 30% of jobs are advertised).
This means that you should not perhaps rely entirely on job advertisements or agency listings. Instead you should consider any organisation in your area that may be interested in your skills/experience and approach them.
One of the best ways to do this is to send a speculative letter (with your CV) in order to have a meeting with the management or HR and in so doing you will be making yourself known to these people - and get a job sooner or later. So if you would like to go down this route I would be quite happy to look at your CV and I could send you the a sample speculative letter.