Emily  Whisker

Emily Whisker

Registered Nurse

Qualifications

BSc Adult Nursing, BSc Critical Care, MSc Health & Social Care, BSc Non-Medical Prescribing

Specialisms

  • Critical Care,
  • Infusion Suite,
  • Falls,
  • Pressure Ulcer Risk Assessment,
  • Cannulation

Introduction

I qualified as a registered nurse in 2005 and spent most of my nursing career in a critical care environment. Although currently working part time as a practice nurse, my main expertise for medicolegal work remains in critical care, as I continue to work regularly via hospital locum work within the Intensive care unit (ITU) and High dependency unit (HDU).

During the Covid pandemic, I worked full time as a critical care sister in a general intensive care unit under a re-deployment role. This aspect of my work gives me a broad range of skills and knowledge looking after complex patients and recognising the deteriorating patient.

Clinically I am competent in ventilation, airway safety and management including tracheostomy care. I am competent in the insertion of nasal gastric feeding tubes and can manage both these and other forms of feeding tubes. I have experience with invasive lines, cannula insertion and taking blood samples. I regularly complete risk assessments and implement care to prevent falls and pressure ulcers. I have experience with all aspects of bladder, bowel and nutritional needs, including female catheter insertion.

Currently I am working part time as a practice nurse within a GP surgery, conducting consultations with patients for a variety of illnesses and ailments. This includes conducing a variety of clinical skills such as taking patient observations, ECG’s, blood sampling, child and adult immunisations and cervical smears. I am a practising non-medical prescriber and competent in wound assessment and management.

Additionally, I work as an advance practitioner for the neurology department performing lumbar punctures for diagnostic testing.

I accept instructions from both claimant and defendant solicitors and insurers. I have undergone formal training in the medico-legal process and am fully aware of my responsibilities under Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses.