Senior Lecturer, Canterbury Christ Church University
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When did you graduate and what degree did you complete?
I have spent many years studying. When I qualified as a registered General Nurse in 1992 I thought that my studying was done! Little did I know then that it was actually the beginning of a relationship with academia and a desire for knowledge. In 2014 I completed my teaching degree and in July 2015 I completed my Masters in Advanced Nursing Practice at Canterbury Christ Church University and I have just attended my graduation ceremony.
Tell us about your current role – what does it entail?
My nursing career has been varied, working on a variety of wards, ward manager, working in the community and acute trust specialising in cardiology. Since April last year I have been employed at Christ Church as a Senior Lecturer. I have my own personal tutor group and am responsible for teaching on the interprofessional programme across the three year cohorts. I am also looking forward to taking over the postgraduate cardiac arrhythmias programme in September.
What excites you most about your work?
I feel very excited about encouraging new nurses into the profession and helping them to develop into caring and knowledgeable nurses. I feel passionate about the standard of care that our patients should receive so it is an honour to be a part of that transformation.
I very much enjoy my role as a personal tutor, being able to give pastoral care and impart some of my experiences. As cardiology is my passion I am excited about teaching in my own area of speciality.
What advice would you give students trying to get into your profession?
At the moment nursing is facing its biggest challenges which in itself is exciting to be a part of. Teaching nurses will encourage a challenging and well educated workforce which will enable nurse’s voices to be heard. Parallel to these changes are modifications in the way that we will be delivering the curriculum, so it is a fantastic time to make the move into the world of academia and be a part of shaping our nation’s future nurses.
I would suggest that anyone studying at Christ Church will have an unforgettable experience that will encourage you to develop your learning skills which will empower you in whatever you decide to do.
In what ways did studying at Christ Church prepare you for your current role?
During the course of my studies I feel that I have been encouraged to open my eyes to the world around me, been inspired to start teaching and learn a variety of skills like leadership, confidence and reflection.
Do you have a favourite memory of your time at Christ Church?
There have been so many wonderful memories of studying here but I suppose the best is meeting my study buddies who have been so supportive and they have become lifelong friends.