Hospice nurse to compete in world hockey championships

Hospice nurse to compete in world hockey championships - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Hospice nurse to compete in world hockey championships

Hospice nurse to compete in world hockey championships.

Hospice nurse to compete in world hockey championships - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

A hospice nurse and talented hockey player whose busy schedule juggling work, training and motherhood means she averages just four hours sleep a night has been selected to represent Team GB in an international competition.

Emma Pearson, 33, who works at Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley, Lancashire, will travel to Czech Republic this June to compete against teams around the world in the sport of ball hockey – a summer variation of ice hockey which is played on a non-ice surface.

“I probably couldn’t cope with such a full-on job and doing my qualification without it”

Emma Pearson

On top of her full-time job caring for children with life-limiting conditions, mother-of-one Ms Pearson plays ice hockey for Blackburn Hawks men’s team and also captains Widnes Wild women’s team.

She trains three times a week on the ice, competes in games at weekends, and attends four CrossFit sessions every week to build stamina.

At the same time, Ms Pearson is in the middle of a course to become an advanced clinical practitioner.

Despite her already gruelling rota, Ms Pearson is now upping her sports training programme ahead of the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation Master’s World Championships this summer.

“I train in the evenings after work and it can mean late nights,” said Ms Pearson, who lives in Warrington.

“I’m also halfway through a two-year qualification at work to become an advanced clinical practitioner, which is a lot of work so I’m definitely kept busy.”

While acknowledging that the demands on her time leaves her with little room for rest, Ms Pearson said she “wouldn’t have it any other way” and added that hockey helped her deal with work pressures.

“I feel better when I’ve been on the ice and I probably couldn’t cope with such a full-on job and doing my qualification without it,” she said.

Ms Pearson shares her passion for ice hockey with her husband, Phil, who also plays for Widnes Wild, as well as coaching the women’s team.

“Emma is a wonderful nurse who works tirelessly to help our children and their families”

Lynn Grayson

Their son Henry, four, is also learning the sport and how to figure skate.

The couple even made the news recently after becoming the first married couple to play on the same team in a registered league game.

“For us, ice hockey is family time because we do it together. We just love it,” said Ms Pearson.

Lynn Grayson, clinical director at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said the team at the hospice was “so proud” of Ms Pearson for her accomplishment.

“Emma is a wonderful nurse who works tirelessly to help our children and their families and it’s this dedication that has also seen her taking on a really difficult qualification to become an advanced clinical practitioner,” added Ms Grayson.

“We’ll all excited to see how she gets on in the world championships and will be behind her all the way.”

Creative Commons Disclosure

This article was originally published by Gemma Mitchell in Nursing Times. Click here to view the original article.

About Mandatory Compliance

Mandatory Compliance is the leading UK provider of CPDUK accredited healthcare and social care training courses, e-learning programs and Ofqual approved qualifications.

Click on the links below to find out more about our accredited e-learning courses and qualifications:

Contact our Support Team on 02476100090 or via Email for more courses relating to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and other regulatory compliance requirements.

Hospice nurse to compete in world hockey championships

Share this post

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


%d bloggers like this: