Chapter

After the Opening

Jacqueline Worswick

in A House Called Helen

Second edition

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780192632357
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730122 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632357.003.0007
After the Opening

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Helen House welcomed its first two children on 15 November 1982. The first weeks and months in its life were a period of adjustment. In those early waiting days, Edith Anthem, the Head Nurse, remained stubbornly impervious to doubt or anxiety. She took up her post at Helen House in September 1982, just two months before the hospice opened, after the suggestion of Sister Benedicta. The house is staffed by a team of salaried staff who bring to their job a variety of skills and talents. Most of the people who work on the team at Helen House are women. In the context of Helen House, the word ‘team’ to describe the staff is actually very apt. The use of the word draws attention to the importance of co-operation, while espousing the aims of Helen House.

Keywords: Helen House; adjustment period; hospice; Edith Anthem; Oxford; Sister Benedicta

Chapter.  12205 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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