26 April 2024 | JW Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel
I qualified as an RN from UCH in 1988. I then worked in hospitals until 1990 when I joined community nursing. I have worked as a RN, District Nurse Team Manager, Specialist Community Practice Teacher, Practice Supervisor and Assessor and a General Practice Nurse until I retired in Dec 2020.
I returned and now work part time as a DN supporting across the Community teams. I support newly qualified nurses, newly qualified DN SPQ nurses and provide personal development support for other individuals within the teams. I am a nurse prescriber and a supervisor/ assessor for pre- reg students. I was honoured to be awarded the Queen’s Nursing Award in 2013 and am also a QNI Aspiring Leader.
I also deliver education as a Senior Lecturer to future District and Community Nurses; this gives me a unique perspective of both areas and enables me to understand the realistic pressures of service delivery daily. I feel that it is important to teach with compassion while being a positive role model, challenging students, and colleagues to be the best version of themselves that they can be. Supporting students in clinical practice while also teaching in the university helps to keep me relevant and authentic. I am passionate about community nursing and wish to encourage others to understand the value and uniqueness of this type of nursing.