I graduated from St Martin's College in 2001 having studied BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies. I initially worked as a qualified nurse in Intensive Care/High Dependency where I developed my clinical knowledge and skills. It was in this area that I found a passion for Renal Nursing and began working on a Haemodialysis Unit. I spent the next 10 years of my career as a senior staff nurse working with patients with acute and chronic kidney failure both within the hub haemodialysis unit and a satellite unit. From this experience, I moved into the role of Peritoneal Dialysis Specialist Nurse in which I was responsible for training and managing patients within their own homes. Progressing from this role to that of the Lead Nurse for Home Dialysis Therapies, I was able to develop the Peritoneal Dialysis service to a Home Dialysis Therapies service with the inclusion of home haemodialysis.
My team were shortlisted for a Burdett Nursing Award in the category "who cares, wins" and I was required to present the work of my service to a panel of leading nurses at the British Library in London. Despite not winning the top award, I am very proud that my team were finalists and up against some incredible and inspiring nursing teams from across the country.
Throughout my nursing career I have always had a passion for teaching and education. I am continually striving to energise the nurses of the future into this challenging, but highly rewarding, profession.
Qualifications and memberships
BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies
Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies
Post Graduate Certificate in Nephrology Nursing
Active NMC registrant
Member of the Association of Nephrology Nurses
Academic and research interests
Interested in Renal Nursing, particularly dialysis nursing, patient experience, communication
Patient support groups
Nursing resilience and incidence of burnout