I have been a registered Nurse for 20 years, dually qualifying as a Learning Disability Nurse and Social Worker. Thankfully I chose the Nursing route and have loved every minute (almost!). After 10 years as a LD Nurse I took a risk and got a fixed term 2-year job as a Lifestyle Nurse working with children and families who were overweight. This role taught me a lot about inequalities and working together with communities to improve public health. From this I went into School Nursing and I qualified as a Specialist Public Health Nurse in 2012.
In 2014 I received a Queens Nurse Award for outstanding contribution to School Nursing with particular reference to a children’s book I had wrote to help address some of the issues regarding childhood obesity. The book is called ‘A Change in the Weather’.
Due to children and young people’s mental health being such a key aspect of the School Nurse role, I gained a Post Graduate Diploma in CAMHS. As a direct result of this qualification I developed an emotional health tool called the ‘Be Happy’ tool that I have since rolled out in 2 different School Nursing areas. The Be Happy tool won a NHS Fab Award in 2016. Mental health and well-being of children and young people remains a specialist interest for me.
Also in 2016 I was selected to be part of Public Health England’s National Leaders and development programme where I met and I’m now friends with some amazing, inspirational School Nurses from across the country.
I now work as a Specialist Nurse for Looked After Children in Manchester which I started in 2019 and so far so good. Alongside my job I have recently returned to University for a new challenge…a Masters in Art Therapy, so with this, my job and being a committee member for SAPHNA I’m quite busy!
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