Pioneering Nurses Across the World

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Meet our Nursing Pioneers

Pisey Oung

LOCATION: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Pioneering Pisey drives deeper understanding of palliative care in Cambodia

Naomi Hasson

LOCATION: Basque Region, Northern Spain

Embedding person centred palliative care in communities - from the ground up

Lailatul Ferdous

LOCATION: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Building Bangladesh’s palliative care system from paediatric wards to inner city slums

Gemma del Torro

LOCATION: Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Learning disability and end of life care: How a pioneering spirit fought for equity of care

Stella Mwari Rithara

LOCATION: Nairobi, Kenya

Public health champion is making a real difference for the Maasai community

Sharron Tolman

LOCATION: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

UK’s first Admiral Nurse is an influential force for positive change

Sarah Owens

Sarah Owens

LOCATION: Manchester, United Kingdom

Talking about death and dying: one nurse’s campaign to help colleagues communicate better

Minna Hökkä

LOCATION: Kajaani, Finland

Putting nurses at the heart of palliative care through education at every level


Mahoganie Hines

LOCATION: Ontario, Canada

Tireless advocate for person-centred care and more equitable integration of palliative care approach

Julia Downing

LOCATION: Kampala, Uganda

Encouraging nurses to find their voice and realise that what they say really can have impact

Joanne Reid

LOCATION: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Improving the quality of life for people with cachexia and their families

Jennifer Kennedy

Jennifer Kennedy

LOCATION: Washington DC, United States

Mastering the art and science of end of life care to support nurses in their daily work

Irene Tuffrey-Wijne

LOCATION: London, United Kingdom

Giving people with learning disability a voice in their palliative care

Esther Apolot


Dedicated Esther goes the extra mile for some of the poorest communities in Uganda

Janane Hanna


Putting nurses at the heart of palliative care through education at every level

Anu Savio

LOCATION: Pondicherry, India

Transforming palliative care for all: using education to change attitudes and approaches

Jo Tam

Jo Tam


Empowering the nursing profession in China: how a campaigner for change is using QELCA© to transform end of life care

Alison Colclough

LOCATION: The North of England

Homelessness and end of life care: how a pioneering spirit led the way for change in the UK

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