My role is to provide assistance across a range of technical provision supporting the teaching delivery, student learning, research and enterprise work in the area of healthcare.
I started work as part of the Technical Services team based at the Stafford Centre of Excellence Blackheath Lane in April 2020 as a Technical Assistant. My role is to provide assistance across a range of technical provision supporting the teaching delivery, student learning, research and enterprise work in the area of healthcare.
My main area of interest is simulation and creating an environment that will allow for the development of competent safe practitioners equipped to cope with any situation within their practice areas.
I registered in 1988 as an Adult and Children’s Nurse in Ireland and quickly moved to London to gain the necessary experience at the Neonatal Unit, Hammersmith Hospital to gain entry to the English National Board 415- Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing Course at Great Ormond Street Hospital GOS.
I completed same in 1990 remained at GOS as a senior staff nurse in Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care. In 1991 I was chosen to be trained as an ECMO specialist along with 2 other National Centers and formed part of the first team of ECMO specialists within the Hospital/Country. I also formed part of a nursing team developing the concept of Primary and Associate Nurse which was successfully adopted within CICU.
I returned to Ireland in 1992 to take up a Junior Sister’s position on a 10 bedded Cardiac/General Paediatric Intensive care Unit at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Dublin. I was responsible for the development of the first 6-month post registration Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing Course in 1993 and supported its development to a higher diploma qualification with University accreditation. I introduced successfully the concept of mentorship and the role of the clinical facilitator within Paedaitric Intensive care.
In 1996 I moved to the Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street as a senior sister to manage a 10 bedded General Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and remained in post for the following 11 years. During this time I was involved in the development of specialised care practices for critically ill infants and children namely: Continuous Veno Venous Haemofiltration /Oscillatory Ventilation/Inhalation Nitric Oxide Therapy as well as the development of Transitional Care Units for the long term assisted ventilated infant /child. In my final year I was the lead nurse on a 2.2-million euro project to build on site a state of the art 10 bedded Paediatric Intensive Care unit.
Prior to moving to Staffordshire University, I worked in the community with Derbyshire NHS Foundation Trust as member of the Neurodevelopmental Nursing Team Children and Young People.
- I am currently on the inactive file as a Registered Adult and Children’s nurse with the NMC and An Bord Altranais.
- I am English National Board certified ENB-415 Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing.
- I hold a diploma in Supervisory Management -National College of Ireland-Dublin.