I am a lecturer within the children and young person’s nursing team, and have moved into academia following a successful children’s nursing career spanning 20 years. I am a qualified Children’s Nurse and School Nurse. I also hold a Master’s degree in Advanced Practice in Child Health and I am a nurse immuniser alongside being a community nurse prescriber. My specific areas of expertise lie in safeguarding children, public health nursing, nurse-led enuresis management, and in children’s outpatient management.

My main research interest is the role of the Children’s Nurse within safeguarding practice.

Publications

  1. & Adapting Approaches to MECC – for Pre-registration Nursing Education. ICC, Newport, Gwent.: Welsh Public Health Conference.
  2. & Health Promotion and Health Psychology. In Health and Social Care: Underpinning Knowledge, Building Theory and Practice, and Contemporary Issues. Sage.
  3. (2017). Are we failing to prepare? School Nurse Perceptions of Undergraduate Safeguarding Children Education. University of South Wales: Specialist Public Health Practitioner Good Practice Conference.
  4. & School nurses' perceptions of undergraduate children's nursing safeguarding education. British Journal of School Nursing 12(5), 226-233.

Teaching

  • EYXM17 Common Childhood Illness

    This module explores the impact of a range of common childhood illnesses on children aged 0 ¿ 11 years and their families. The module will cover acute and chronic illness as well as common infections. The role of the multi-disciplinary team in managing and supporting children and their families will also be examined. Issues for public health promotion will be considered.

  • PPS205 Safeguarding in Health and Social Care

    This module provides students with theoretical knowledge and understanding of safeguarding within health and social care. This is a broad introduction to safeguarding and will include the development of relevant legal frameworks and guidance and the responsibilities of different professional groups and agencies to work together to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults.

  • SHC330 Professional Practice 3

    This is a module that builds upon SHC150 Professional Practice 1 and SHC230 Professional Practice 2 from years 1 and 2 to provide the student with an in depth understanding of professional practice as it applies to healthcare science.

  • SHM242 Psychosocial and Cultural Context of Childbearing

    This module introduces the student to key sociological and psychological concepts and theories, allowing them to understand the context of midwifery care and the dimensions of the social world locally, nationally and globally, enabling them to adapt to the changing dynamics and demands of responsive reproductive health care. Students will address issues which challenge women within the social context, and will develop the knowledge and skills required to promote a holistic approach to individualized care within the maternity setting.

  • SHN125 Introduction to the Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (Adult)

    This core module addresses specific keys areas relating to the fundamentals of nursing practice and clinical exposure encompassing mandatory training. The module will introduce students to the profession of nursing, the underpinning values of the nursing profession and the professional codes of practice. The importance of patient dignity, respect, care and compassion will be integrated throughout the module and related to safe, person-centred care. The module will introduce the students to meeting the client/service user¿s physical and emotional needs.

  • SHN127 What is Nursing? (Adult)

    This module will allow students to gain insight into the clinical decision making process its importance in planning safe and effective care to a range of service users/clients. The module will explore the development of nursing and its values. The theories of nursing and the nursing process will be introduced.

  • SHN128 Developing Nursing Knowledge (Adult)

    This module aims to equip student nurses to work with individuals, service users, carers and the multi disciplinary team when planning and providing appropriate evidence based care. The concepts of Clinical Governance and clinical assessment and decision making will be explored. The module will build on previous knowledge to facilitate the development of theoretical and practical knowledge so that the individual can recognise and act when there is a risk to the client/service user of physical or mental health problems across the lifespan.

  • SHN129 Introduction to Professional Practice (Adult)

    The philosophy of the module is the belief that continued development underpins professional practice. Throughout their professional lives, qualified nurses need to take responsibility for their own learning and development. In order to achieve this, they need to be able to recognise their learning and developmental needs, developing appropriate strategies to fulfil them. Development encompasses both personal and professional aspects as one cannot be separated from the other. This module draws on the content of other modules within the year and experiences in practice to introduce the concept of professional practice. The students will demonstrate this learning through the medium of a portfolio and by producing a patchwork text.

  • SHN130 Introduction to the Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (Child)

    This core module addresses specific keys areas relating to the fundamentals of nursing practice and clinical exposure. The module will introduce students to the profession of nursing, the underpinning values of the nursing profession and the professional codes of practice. The importance of patient dignity, respect, care and compassion will be integrated throughout the module and related to safe, person-centred care. The module will introduce the students to meeting the client/service user¿s physical and emotional needs.

  • SHN131 Introduction to the Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (Mental Health)

    This core module addresses specific keys areas relating to the fundamentals of nursing practice and clinical exposure. The module will introduce students to the profession of nursing, the underpinning values of the nursing profession and the professional codes of practice. The importance of patient dignity, respect, care and compassion will be integrated throughout the module and related to safe, person-centred care. The module will introduce the students to meeting the client/service user¿s physical and emotional needs.

  • SHN132 What is Nursing? (Child)

    This module will allow students to gain insight into the clinical decision making process its importance in planning safe and effective care to a range of service users/clients. The module will explore the development of nursing and its values. The theories of nursing and the nursing process will be introduced.

  • SHN133 What is Nursing? (Mental Health)

    This module will allow students to gain insight into the clinical decision making process its importance in planning safe and effective care to a range of service users/clients. The module will explore the development of nursing and its values. The theories of nursing and the nursing process will be introduced

  • SHN136 Introduction to Professional Practice (Child)

    The philosophy of the module is the belief that continued development underpins professional practice. Throughout their professional lives, qualified nurses need to take responsibility for their own learning and development. In order to achieve this, they need to be able to recognise their learning and developmental needs, developing appropriate strategies to fulfil them. Development encompasses both personal and professional aspects as one cannot be separated from the other. This module draws on the content of other modules within the year and experiences in practice to introduce the concept of professional practice. The students will demonstrate this learning through the medium of a portfolio and by producing a patchwork text.

  • SHN137 Introduction to Professional Practice (Mental Health)

    The philosophy of the module is the belief that continued development underpins professional practice. Throughout their professional lives, qualified nurses need to take responsibility for their own learning and development. In order to achieve this, they need to be able to recognise their learning and developmental needs, developing appropriate strategies to fulfil them. Development encompasses both personal and professional aspects as one cannot be separated from the other. This module draws on the content of other modules within the year and experiences in practice to introduce the concept of professional practice. The students will demonstrate this learning through the medium of a portfolio and by producing a patchwork text.

  • SHN141 What is Nursing? (Adult)

    This module will allow students to gain insight into the assessment and clinical decision making process and its importance in planning safe and effective care to a range of patients and service users. The module will also explore the development of nursing and its values. The theories of nursing and the nursing process will be introduced.

  • SHN271 Health Promotion and Public Health (Adult)

    Health promotion and public health are essential components of the nurse‿s role. This module aims to provide students with an understanding of public health development, the nurse‿s role and priorities for action such as inequalities, advocacy and partnership working. Key principles of health promotion and its role within public health will also be explored. The module will also provide students with knowledge of how to promote health within practice across the lifespan in a variety of settings.

  • SHN3058 Consolidating the Practice of Nursing

    The philosophy of the module is the belief that continued development underpins professional practice. Throughout their professional lives, qualified nurses need to take responsibility for their own learning and development. In order to achieve this, they need to be able to recognise their learning and developmental needs, developing appropriate strategies to fulfil them. Development encompasses both personal and professional aspects as one cannot be separated from the other. This module draws on the content of other modules within the year and experiences in practice to introduce the concept of professional practice. The students will demonstrate this learning through the medium of a portfolio and by producing a patchwork text.

  • SHN3060 Managing Complex Care in Rapidly Changing Situations (Child)

    This module aims to provide an overview of holistic nursing practice in areas where the care needs of children and young people are complex and rapidly changing. Whilst the focus is on nursing care of children and young people. This module draws on the content of the programme from years 1 and 2 and experiences in practice.

  • SHNM00 Introduction to Nursing (Adult)

    This module will enable students to develop the knowledge, skills and professional values that underpin safe, effective, evidence-based practice. A range of teaching methods will be used to develop fundamental nursing skills including, bio science, infection prevention and control, moving and handling; vital signs; recognition and response to abnormal parameters; nursing documentation; therapeutic management of aggression and de-escalation; fundamental care delivery; basic life support; and introduction to medicines management. Students will learn about historical and contemporary nursing practices and explore how nursing will develop in the future.

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2017 Present Lecturer (Children's Nursing) Swansea University
2011 2017 School Nurse Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
2007 2011 Junior Charge Nurse - Childrens Outpatients/ General Paediatrics Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
1999 2003 Staff Nurse, Neonatal ICU & Children’s Outpatients Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
1998 1999 Staff nurse – Nottingham neonatal service Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
1997 1998 Staff nurse – paediatrics and neonatal intensive care unit Swansea NHS Trust