Laurie  Small
      • Laurie Small
      • Registered Nurse
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      • 9 Chess Business Park
      • Moor Road
      • Chesham
      • Buckinghamshire
      • HP5 1SD
      • 01494 792711
      • 01494 799999

Laurie Small

Registered Nurse

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing

Specialisms

  • A&E Nursing
  • Intravenous Cannulation & Drug Administration
  • Phlebotomy
  • Assessment

Introduction

I qualified as a registered nurse in 2009. My first role was as a qualified nurse in A&E in a small District General Hospital (DGH). I went on to complete A&E modules at the affiliated university along with other studies in order to become specialised in this area of nursing. This led to me securing a Band 6 senior staff nurse position where I was able to further develop my triage, mentorship and leadership skills.

In order to gain some trauma experience, I moved to a Major Trauma Centre in South West London with a cardiac catheter lab, hyper - acute stroke unit, and all the specialties that would usually get stabilised and transferred over from the District General Hospitals. I returned to A&E in a district general hospital following maternity leave and was promoted to band 7 senior sister. A large part of this role involved co-ordinating the department and facilitating patient flow, as well as ensuring high standards of patient care and safety.

At this Trust, I attended the South West London Cancer Network meeting to represent our A&E department and was appointed as the Acute Oncology Service (AOS) link nurse. There was a large cancer centre local to the hospital and so acute oncology presentations in A&E were common. A dual role was established as a pilot in a newly developing service for AOS and A&E avoidance which I took on. The post involved triaging patient calls, and work on the Clinical Assessment Unit (CAU) alongside the AOS team, triaging and treating emergency admissions. It involved utilising the skills and knowledge I had developed over the years in A&E, (including triage, initial clinical assessments, acute care, venepuncture, cannulation and drug administration via a variety of routes). After a year in post, both the hotline and CAU passed their pilot phase, and I secured a permanent job in the CAU.

I undertake fortnightly bank shifts in A&E to maintain my knowledge and skills in this area.

Alongside my A&E role, I have more recently been working for my local Primary Care Trust, delivering the COVID 19 vaccine to house bound patients and working in a mass vaccination hub. This role is extending to deliver COVID booster and flu vaccinations to elderly and vulnerable patients.

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.