Rachel McReady has been a Parish Nurse at the Steeple church since February 2013. Parish nurses work for a faith community however they work with people of all faiths and none. She is an experienced community nurse who works also with the NHS Health and Homeless Outreach Team. In both these roles she supports people with multiple and complex health and social needs, who also express spiritual distress, which can also include end of life care.
She works in a very hands-on person-centred way, developing meaningful conversations with each and every person she speaks to, getting to the core of what their issues are through skilful and compassionate listening.
Rachel sees Queen’s Nurses as a network of nurses who can learn from each other. She understands that to help improve the health and wellbeing of the communities of Scotland, the QNs are crucial in working at the heart of the community.
Her project involves supporting people to make a difference to their own health and wellbeing so that they may begin to flourish, even in small ways, hoping that the ripples from this can make a difference not just for them but for their families and communities. In order to achieve this, Rachel is working to bring professional staff together from statutory and voluntary sectors.
Barbara McFarlane, Lead Parish Nurse.
Rachel is a humble and self-effacing person, reluctant to accept plaudits for the achievements she makes for our patients and our work. She certainly ‘goes the extra mile’ for her patients and in her work with me. Patients talk of her ‘listening from the heart’, of her being very accepting, inclusive and non-judgmental.