I accumulated my clinical nursing experience as a registered general nurse, predominantly within the trauma and orthopaedic clinical practice settings, progressing from staff nurse, senior staff nurse, deputy ward sister, ward manager, and practice development nurse. I developed a strong commitment to helping students to learn, practice and master clinical nursing skills within the safe environment of the simulated clinical skills laboratory. It was this desire that stimulated my interest in the role of clinical skills lecturer in 2001.
My driving ambition to ensure that student nurses emerge as qualified nurses fully fit for purpose to deliver high quality all round patient care at a level that exceeds the patient’s expectations, led to my application and successful appointment of Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at the University of Wolverhampton in June 2002.
I enjoy teaching on all the course modules, and have a keen interest in the clinical skills modules and liaising with the local NHS Trust partners. I have worked with mentors in clinical practice within my Practice Development Nurse role, so developed a sound understanding of some the tensions that exist between nurses trying to meet (and balance) the needs of the service with the educational needs of student nurses. I have used this knowledge and experience to equip me further in my current role as a member of the Wolverhampton Clinical Practice Team and actively seek opportunities to bridge the theory/education gap. Other areas of interest include the student experience and the personal tutor role.