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BSc (Hons) Nursing
I qualified as a registered nurse in 2007. My first position was in an acute respiratory unit where I was responsible for managing patients with both acute and chronic respiratory conditions along with general medical patients. This provided me with a good grounding in the management of acute and chronic patients. In addition, latterly, I took on some responsibilities of shift management.
In 2016 I became the deputy ward manager of a pleural unit. Within this role I developed specialist knowledge of pleural interventions and was also responsible for managing complex discharge planning along with management duties on the ward. These included ensuring risk assessment documentation was completed and that care plans were up to date.
After 11 years of acute ward nursing I looked at transferring the specialist clinical skills that I had developed to another area of practice. Currently, I predominantly work as a lung cancer clinical nurse specialist, including patients diagnosed with mesothelioma. I am responsible for autonomously assessing and managing over 100 patients with/with suspected lung cancer. To fulfil this role, I have undergone IRMER training in order that I can request radiology e.g. chest x-ray and CT scans. I am proficient in venapuncture and cannulation, managing patients with new symptoms of recurrent lung cancer and all areas of diagnostics/investigations. Part of my role involves explaining investigations and treatment to my patients have including CT guided lung biopsies, EBUS, bronchoscopy and PET scans.
In addition, I regularly undertake clinical shifts via a nursing agency within acute ward and rehabilitation settings in order to maintain my knowledge and skills in in-patient nursing care.
I have also worked for St David's Hospice at Home as a bank nurse where I cared for palliative care patients during the night within their own home. I would be the only nurse with the patient and manage their personal care along with their syringe drivers and breakthrough medications.
I am undertaking a module at Cardiff University: "Clinical patient assessment for health professionals", which, on completion will enable me to contribute to making a collaborative clinical diagnosis through history taking and physical assessment.
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.