My career as a Registered General Nurse began at St Thomas' Hospital London, working on a renal and medical ward. I returned to my 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. Being the ENB 100 critical care coordinator I liaised with Leeds University to coordinate placements for students. I went on to qualify as a children's nurse and continued my love of intensive care nursing being involved in the establishment of a dedicated paediatric intensive care unit, at St James's Hospital Leeds. This specialised in caring for children with respiratory failure and from specialities such as oncology, renal, cystic fibrosis and renal and liver transplantation. I gained further experience working at Leeds General Infirmary on both the general and cardiac children's intensive care units and was a member of the retrieval team.
With a change of direction I went on to qualify 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.
Throughout my clinical career teaching played a large role and in January 2019 I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to pursue a formal career in academia as a nurse lecturer.