Brittney Hillaire

Please briefly describe your clinical/medical experience to date?

In 2018 I qualified as a children’s nurse, and decided to complete a rotation program that allowed me to work in several specialist areas over the course of a year. During my rotation program I became interested in paediatric haematology and have spent the last 5 years exploring my specialist area. After working as a Bone Marrow Transplant nurse for a few years I decided that I wanted to be involved in supporting children and their families through diagnosis and post treatment care, which has led me to my current role as a haematology Clinical Nurse Specialist. So far… it have been the most challenging but wonderful experience and thanks to the Evie Dove foundation I am able to further my education and develop in my role. I feel that I do not have the words to express my gratitude but would like to thank Evie Dove for their continued support and point out that without them I would not be in a position to fund the educational development required for my role.

What motivated you to enter paediatric care in the first place?

My interest in haematology began as a student. I had placement on a bone marrow transplant ward and loved the intensity of the ward but also the fact that I had opportunity to know my patients.

How will the funding from The Evie Dove Foundation help you to advance your career and your impact/services to children?

My role itself is very specialised as I do not care for patients with malignancies, Sickle Cell or Thalassaemia but am responsible for the remaining cohort of haematology patients with very rare conditions. This course relates directly to my patients and would provide me with the knowledge to deliver better patient centred care. Unfortunately there is a shortage of courses that relate this closely to my role and this is one of the few. My personal goals are to learn as much as possible and apply to knowledge to my service directly.

How did you find out about The Evie Dove Foundation?

It was via other colleagues and also I saw a poster at the hospital that I work at.

Tell us about yourself!

I like to travel to destinations across the world.

Anything else you would like to tell us about your experience, future aspirations and motivations?

The end goal is to ensure that rare haematological conditions are recognised and understood but patients and other health care professionals. I aim to shine a light on some of the more rare haematological conditions and ensure that more education is available in the future. Development in medication and awareness through education are key in giving the paediatric patients the best chance at long fulfilling lives and better treatment.