Jess Purcell

Please briefly describe your clinical/medical experience to date?

After qualifying with a BsC (Hons) in Children’s Nursing, I’ve worked on the teenage cancer trust and paediatric inpatient wards, but a majority of my career has been within the Children and Young People’s Emergency Department. I spent many years in CYP ED, working my way from a newly qualified Band 5 rotation nurse to a Band 6 Senior Staff Nurse before moving into my current role as a Band 7 Clinical Practice Facilitator within Children and Young People’s Services.

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

I always wanted to go into a profession that helps people. Nursing fitted well with what I enjoyed and specifically working with children and their families was what appealed to me. It’s a hard, but super rewarding job.

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

The Evie Dove Foundation are kindly funding me and two other colleagues to attend the Royal College of Nursing’s Education Conference 2024 in York. Within my current job role, I focus mainly on post graduate nursing education for nurses who work in ‘general’ adolescent inpatients, paediatric inpatients, CYP Outpatients and the CYP emergency department. A large part of our role is teaching clinical skills and expertise in acute and emergency paediatric medicine to a range of experiences, and job roles. I enjoy focusing on simulation as an education method for clinical skills and improving nurses’ competence and confidence in caring for acutely unwell children and young people. The clinical skills myself and my team teach range from cannulation and venepuncture, advanced life support, practical nursing skills (including IV medication administration, blood administration, wound cares, NG insertion etc), de-escalation and difficult conversations with young people in acute mental health crisis, basic life support to parents and families, acute management of diabetes, asthma, epilepsy… the list is endless! I’m always working towards improving my knowledge and understanding of teaching methods, content, and process to ensure I can provide the best practical and theoretical education to our nursing teams as possible. By doing this, the uptake of education is increased and results in better standards of care being delivered to our patients and their families. I have an abstract that has been accepted and by attending the conference, we also hope to be able to gain more input/collaboration from other educators and be able to understand more regarding our work on our simulation project. By agreeing to fund our trip to the RCN Education conference 2024, the Evie Dove Foundation are not only enabling us to attend for our own professional development but allowing us to gain knowledge and skills that will allow us to educate, empower and support our nurses to feel more comfortable and confident in treating and managing children and young people in emergency situations (acute clinical deterioration). This will then have a direct positive impact on the quality, timely and evidence-based care each patient will receive under our team’s care. Thank you, Evie Dove Foundation!

How did you find out about The Evie Dove Foundation?

We have lots of posters up around our ward areas and were informed of the charity by one of our Matrons

Tell us about yourself!

I am originally from Bristol but moved to London to train in Children’s Nursing and have lived here ever since. I’m always going back to visit my family and spend time with my wonderfully caring, gorgeous, funny nephews! My family and my partner are super supportive and I’m so lucky to have them in my corner as my cheerleaders and spending time with them and my friends helps keep me calm, happy, grateful, and enjoying the things life throws at me! I’m passionate about equality, especially within healthcare and have spent time campaigning for action on reduction of health inequalities, fair pay and working conditions for nurses and improving/implementing appropriate provisions of humanitarian aid in countries of need. In my spare time I love to craft; knit, sew, paint, make, build… you name it, I have a go at it! I also love watching and playing rugby, exploring the outdoors, and travelling in the UK and beyond.

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

I would love to eventually complete my Advanced Clinical Practice qualification to become an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in acute and emergency CYP care. I truly believe nurses are powerful professionals and to be able to advocate for them and empower them to use their knowledge, skills and empathic nature to help them reach their full potential is incredibly rewarding. It is also important for me for other professionals within hospitals (and beyond) to recognise and appreciate the power and importance of nursing. I feel very privileged to be in the position I am today and wouldn’t be here without the constant support of my wonderful colleagues, mentors and other wonderful human beings along the way.