Since qualifying as a registered nurse my clinical career has been within the Adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Caring for acutely ill patients has both informed and influenced my research interests. As the link nurse for organ donation within the Intensive Care Unit I applied and was successful in being awarded a travel scholarship by the Florence Nightingale Foundation. In 2001, I visited North America and observed the transplant coordinators in both Boston and Baltimore. Following a four week visit I presented my findings to the Florence Nightingale Foundation in London leading to publication of the study in the Critical Care Nursing Journal. As a Sister within the unit I was seconded to the dual role of practice educator my role invoved teaching newly qualified nurses, student nurses also teaching post qualifying nurses at the Greater Manchester Critical Care Skills Institute.
In 2006 I entered nurse education and continued to focus my research on the importance of recognising and responding to acutely ill patients. In 2009 I introduced, organised and continue to facilitate the Greater Manchester Critical Care Skills Institute Acute Illness Management Course for third year student nurses. In 2011 I published a book Vital Signs for Nurses that emphasised the importance of physiological observations.
I have an interest in the support student nurses receive in the clinical learning environment and In 2010 I presented my study on the role of the associate mentor in clinical practice at the Nurse Education Today International Conference in Cambridge. I have completed a pilot study on the clinical decision making of student nurses in relation to glove use in clinical practice that has led to publication of the results.