Lecturer in Children's Nursing, University of Hertfordshire & Children's Community Rapid Response Nurse Practitioner, University of Hertfordshire

I qualified as Paediatric Nurse in 2004, and have spent all of my career specialising in the care of the acutely unwell child. Having worked up to senior charge nurse in Children's Accident and Emergency I went on to complete my training as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner. I now work in the community as a Rapid Response Nurse Practitioner, providing acute care to children within the community, with the aim of reducing hospital attendance and admission avoidance. I am a qualified Independent Nurse Prescriber which is hugely beneficial in my role. For the past two years I have been doing this role part time alongside a seconded position at the University of Hertfordshire.
At UH my role is as a Lecturer in Children's Nursing on the Pre-Registration Nursing Programme. Here I have a variety of responsibilities including teaching, link lecturer responsibilities for students out on placement and academic tutor responsibilities. It is a varied role and allows me to share my knowledge and experience with the future workforce.
My specialist interests include acute assessment of children, assessment, diagnostic and implementation of care, reducing the practice theory gap amongst student nurses, the use of simulation as a teaching method and the advancing role of nurses as nurse practitioners.

Experience

  • 2015–2017
    Lecturer in Children's Nursing, University of Hertfordshire
  • 2014–2017
    Children's Community Rapid Response Nurse Practitioner , Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
  • 2011–2014
    Charge Nurse Children's Emergency Department , West Hertfordshire Hospitals, NHS Trust
  • 2009–2011
    Practice Development Nurse Acute Children's Services , West Hertfordshire Hospitals, NHS Trust
  • 2007–2009
    Charge Nurse Children's Emergency Department , West Hertfordshire Hospitals, NHS Trust
  • 2006–2007
    Senior Staff Nurse Children's Emergency Department, West Hertfordshire Hospitals, NHS Trust
  • 2004–2006
    Rotational Staff Nurse, West Hertfordshire Hospitals, NHS Trust

Education

  • 2017 
    The Higher Education Academy, Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy
  • 2016 
    University of Hertfordshire, Contemporary Nursing 1st Class Honours
  • 2014 
    University of Bedfordshire , Independent Non-Medical Prescriber Qualification
  • 2013 
    University of Hertfordshire , Nurse Practitioner Qualification
  • 2004 
    University of Hertfordshire, DipHE (CHild) Distinction

Professional Memberships

  • Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • The Higher Education Academy