I am registered adult and children's nurse, with a clinical career in paediatric and neonatal intensive care, adult cardiothoracic intensive care and accident & emergency, and continue to practice clinically in the area of accident and emergency, and general paediatric care.
I entered nurse education in 2002, with an aim to develop the knowledge, skills and competence of qualified nurses caring for acutely ill children in district general hospitals.
I am the School Director and Associate Professor for Practice Learning. I lead in all areas of practice learning and my priority is to ensure both students and their supervisors/assessors have a positive practice learning experience.
My MSc thesis examined the causative factors of nurse attrition and the support first year nursing students require in order remain on the nursing programme. I have continued to examine the reasons for high attrition in pre-registration nursing, representing the profession to influence future political decisions and implementing various strategies that have successfully reduced the attrition in pre-registration nursing programmes in two separate institutes.
I am passionate about fairness and consistency that has influenced my doctoral studies, which are focused on the conceptualisation of fitness to practise and the potential issues surrounding consistency.
School Director Learning & Teaching