What has been your clinical/medical experience to date?
I have been working as a paediatric nurse since 2012. I started my career working on the paediatric renal ward, this gave me the opportunity to work with children with long term conditions, many of the families we met whilst the they were expecting their child and cared for them from birth, I still see these now grown up children in my current role and love seeing how they are progressing and hearing about what they are up to now. I have also worked within paediatric theatres as a recovery nurse caring for children immediately post operatively, this gave me skills in distraction techniques and ensuring the child wakes feeling comfortable and safe. Whilst working in theatres I started developing my management skills and focussing on my career progression. I have been in my current role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist of Paediatric Acute Pain for six years. This role has so many opportunities to keep on developing, and the more I learn the more I realise there is to know. It is a fantastic position that allows both quality time with the children and their families ensuring that they have the best possible pain management for their condition/treatment, but also enables lots of teaching and time with all staffing groups ensuring that all staff members involved in the child’s care are up to date with pain assessment and management techniques.
What motivated you to enter paediatric medical care in the first place?
For as long as I can remember I have wanted to work with children, I started babysitting from as soon as I was allowed to do so, volunteered at play groups and when travelling during my university summer holiday worked in an orphanage in Cambodia. I knew I wanted to have an interactive career focussed on the care of children, so it felt natural to commence a career as a paediatric nurse. I would describe myself as a big kid – any excuse to play, joke and have fun I will take it! Working with children enables moments of pure happiness each and every day, and the random, bizarre and funny things children come up with always makes me smile!
How will the funding from The Evie Dove Foundation help you to advance your career and your impact/services to children?
I have a real career drive and want to be able to continue my development into a leadership role where I can support and nurture colleagues in the way in which I have been supported throughout my career. Ensuring that the service remains child focussed. I have a real interest in paediatric research. Completing the Pain Management MSc will develop my research skills which will enhance my pain specialist career, supporting, instigating, and carrying out research into cutting edge paediatric pain management techniques. This will ensure the pain assessment and management provided to children and their families is based on the most up to date evidence, enhancing their experience whilst in hospital.
How did you find out about The Evie Dove Foundation?
Our hospital Education Faculty informed us of this fantastic organisation.
Tell us about yourself!
I have been living in Bristol since qualifying as a paediatric nurse and live with my two cats Ziggy and Freddie. I recently became an aunty and have been loving spending time with my little niece, watching her grow and develop into a very cheeky and funny little girl. I love anything bright and colourful, often wearing bright patterned outfits and clashing shoes! In my spare time I like to try my hand at different crafts such as sewing or knitting and have taken to cold water swimming which I find very relaxing and calming after a busy week.