Eleanor Boylan

What has been your clinical/medical experience to date?

After completing my degree in paediatric nursing, I began my career on Children’s Critical Care at King’s College Hospital in 2016. During the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 I was promoted to the role of Sister and completed a 6 month long additional qualification in the care of a critically unwell child on a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU). At the start of 2022 I began a split role between PICU and London’s Air Ambulance, working 50% of my time with each area. Within London’s Air Ambulance I work as the Patient Liaison Nurse, supporting patients and their families who have experienced major traumatic injuries, from initial point of injury throughout their hospital stay and post-discharge home or rehabilitation support.

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

I have always wanted to work in healthcare and I realised through work experience that being a nurse would give me the ‘hands on’ approach that I wanted. Working with children, young people and their families is an immense priviledge and I have wanted to work in this area in order to advocate for and empower as many vulnerable people as I possibly can. I am constantly inspired and in awe of the bravery and resilience of the patients and families I work with.

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

With the funding from The Evie Dove Foundation I will be able to complete my Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) instructor training. I am very passionate about ensuring all clinicians involved in caring for the deteriorating, critically unwell child, or in a paedaitric resuscitation, have the best, up to date skills and knowledge. I also want to ensure, through my teaching, that nurses and doctors have the communication tools to ensure that patients and families are supported at all times.

How did you find out about The Evie Dove Foundation?

Through posters that were displayed on PICU at King’s College Hospital.

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Ellie and I currently live in central London with my (very-soon-to-be) husband, Thomas, and our beloved adopted cat, Charles, who both bring me so much love and joy. I am also very close to my sister who lives in London and is about to qualify as a paramedic; whenever we have a family dinner together, we have to be reminded to keep ‘medical chat’ to our allocated 15 minutes at the table, as nobody else works in healthcare! I grew up in the countryside and I love making regular visits back there with Thomas, where we go for long walks in all weathers. Our perfect holiday is a trip to the Swiss Alps for winter skiing or summer hiking, the more active the better (especially when you know there is Swiss cheese and chocolate packed in the rucksack!). We love hosting friends and family for dinners at our home where we host as many people as we can squeeze around the table. Thomas will take on control of the savoury food and wine and I am in charge of desserts and table decorations, and Charles the cat is in charge of ‘trying to eat as much as he can without us noticing’! I am so proud of the work that I do and I am very grateful to have such a wonderful, supportive network of friends and family.

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

I am so proud of the work that I do on PICU and for London’s Air Ambulance and I know that I will have a long and exciting career ahead of me. I hope to inspire current and future healthcare professionals to manage emergency scenarios with clarity, skill and compassion for the child and their family.