Anne-Marie's professional career began as a Registered General Nurse at St Thomas' Hospital London, working on a renal and medical ward. Following this Anne-Marie returned to her roots in Yorkshire to pursue a career in Intensive Care, which spanned twenty five years. This initially involved working on an adult intensive care unit caring for a variety of patients including those requiring ventilatory support, in addition to more specialist treatments, such as those required for traumatic injury, transplantation, plastic surgery, ECMO, nitric oxide therapy, dialysis and high frequency oscillation, with many patients in multi organ failure. Anne-Marie was the ENB 100 critical care coordinator acting as a link between practice and Leeds University to coordinate placement experiences for students. Anne-Marie developed an interest in caring for children while working on intensive care and subsequently went on to qualify as a children's nurse. Her love of intensive care continued being involved in the establishment of a dedicated paediatric intensive care unit at St James's Hospital Leeds. This unit specialised in caring for children with respiratory failure and a variety of specialities such as oncology, cystic fibrosis and renal and liver transplantation. Further experience was gained at Leeds General Infirmary on both the general and cardiac children's intensive care units where Anne-Marie was a member of the retrieval team.
With a change of direction Anne-Marie qualified as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse, working in a deprived inner city location with a caseload which included high numbers of complex families and children on child protection plans.
With education playing a significant role throughout Anne-Marie's career a move into higher education in 2019 was a logical step to pursue a formal career in academia as a nurse lecturer.