Nicky Baldwin

Please briefly describe your clinical/medical experience to date?

I have been a children’s nurse for twenty years, working in a London Hospital. I started really interested in young people’s nursing and the unique challenges they face in accessing healthcare and then worked in acute paedaitrics and became more drawn toward the younger age groups. I have been a Clinical Practice Facilitator now for 12 years and I lead a Paediatric Nurse Rotation Programme for newly-qualified nurses and absolutely love teaching new skills to nurses in practice and supporting them in developing their confidence and competence in nursing children and young people.

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

I had a few hospital attendances as a child and came across some fantastic professionals who seemed to know so much and were really kind and thought I’d love their job! As I got older I realised some children had their childhood significantly and unfairly altered by poor health and wanted to be able to reduce that impact.

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

The RCN Education Forum National Conference and Exhibition is a unique opportunity to network with nursing educators across the country and learn about innovative programmes being developed across a range of disciplines that could be applied to children’s nurses here at UCLH. There are also several presentations on facilitating those just starting their career and their transition journey to staff nurse which I’m particularly interested in as I run the Paediatric Rotation Programme here at UCLH. Another huge focus of mine is learning more about strategies to aid the mental health well-being of nurses to enable them to provide the compassionate care to children and families and again there are several presentations that relate to this. As Educators we get few chances to develop and share skills around the practice of educating as our time if often taken up ensuring our own knowledge of medical conditions, treatments and procedural skills used in children’s nursing are kept up to date. This conference allows time to focus on our teaching skills and methods, how we evaluate the educational resources we provide and important changes and challenges to nursing education we need to prepare for.

How did you find out about The Evie Dove Foundation?

Our Trust Matrons became aware of the Foundation and shared

Tell us about yourself!

I live in London with my husband and our two children. As a family we love history, being outdoors and exploring new places or exhibitions. All my friends know that I love Halloween so I’m always on the look out for new spooky items to add to my Halloween decoration collection. Outside of work I help with organising various fundraising activities with the PTA for my children’s school and attend a weekly art class which I really enjoy. As a twin mum I am also an administrator on a local Twin and Multiples Facebook page providing local support and advice to other parents of twins or multiples.