I qualified as a registered sick childrens nurse and registered adult nurse in 1985 after studying at Salford school of nursing. I nursed children in oncology, renal and cardiac settings in a specialst paediatric hospital prior to securing a role as a school nurse in the commmunity.
During my time as a schooI nurse I developed an interest in supporting children with emotional difficulties and I was fortunate to become involved in a multi-agency funded research project. The project aimed to explore support systems for children and families where emotional and behavioural difficulties were a problem.
The project engaged with children, families and professionals in a variety of ways to identify issues and develop a range of services in an attempt to address specific needs. These services included child and staff counselling provision,parenting programmes and bespoke training for staff across statutory and voluntary agencies.
My MSc focussed on the qualitative experiences of parents as service users. I have a continued interest in service users' experiences and involvement in healthcare. One outcome of this interest, has been an interactive teaching resource for nursing students demonstrating involvement of a young service user.
I am committed to the development of nurses as effective communicators with service users and I currently lead a communication and relationship skills module for qualified nurses and a pre-registration module with a focus upon human relationship development.