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Michaela originally qualified as an adult nurse and following 3 years caring for highly dependent patients, gained 15 years experience in nursing children, young people and their families. The majority of her clinical experience has been in Neonatal Intensive Care. She spent seven years on NICU working as a Bereavement Support Sister part of her clinical time. Michaela has worked in higher education for ten years, previously as a teaching fellow but now as a full-time Lecturer. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Michaela's main research interests relate to support needs of parents following bereavement on a Neonatal Intensive Care Uni and she is currently a part-time Doctoral student. Other research interest include the use of simulation to teach palliative and end of life care, sharing difficult information and grief and loss.
Awarded £2000 for post graduate fees related to a qualitative interview based study 'Parents' experiences and perceptions of support needs following the death of their baby'
Fitness to Practice (Conduct and Competence Committee member). Sitting approximately 20 days per year as registrant member of panels (due regard in child and adult fields).