Nottingham Bluecoat, University of Surrey
MSc in Nursing,, BSc Nursing, PostGrad Diploma in Adult Education, Non-Medical Prescriber
Guildford, Oxford, Northampton, Nottingham, Derbyshire
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Work in 2 GP surgeries in Derbyshire – NHS employee
Married with two teenage children
I am 51yrs old and have been a Nurse since I was 18yrs old. I have worked in several hospitals before moving to work in the Community at a GP practice 11yrs ago.
I live and work full time in Derbyshire. Life is full on, but when I do get some spare time I love cooking, gardening as well as playing racquetball and doing yoga. I enjoy travelling and sightseeing with my family and am hoping to go skiing next year.
I work with a small team of doctors (GPs) and other Practice Nurses and Healthcare Assistants. My role is very varied covering all ages form babies to very elderly. I work Monday to Friday, with occasional study sessions outside these hours.
Much of my role is involved in health promotion and helping people to stay fit and well and manage their own health.
As an Advanced Nurse Practitioner I can write prescriptions for patient medications and refer people to hospital for further care. I get to know my patients really well as they come back over the years, which is really rewarding.
My Typical Day:
Never the same
In one day I can see people with asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, those needing contraception, travel vaccinations, baby immunisations, wound dressings or infections – to name just a few – there is never a routine day.
Some days are quite predictable but on others I may have to deal with an emergency or something unexpected. Whilst I work independently I am part of a very supportive team and there is always someone to ask for help if needed.
Spending the Prize Money:
Make a video for YouTube about my job
I would like to be able to commission a some local creative media students to make a short documentary about the role of a Practice Nurse. By putting this on YouTube I hope people will be able to see what an interesting and rewarding career it can be.
Quick Fire Questions
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Dynamic, Dedicated, Caring
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Swimming with stingrays
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
only in English Lit for reading my own books
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
saved a life
What or who inspired you to do your job?
the nurses who cared for my grandma
If you weren't in healthcare, what job would you do?
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
good health for my family, a chance to travel round the world, that my kids would unload the dishwasher
Tell us a joke.
My doctor told me that jogging could add years to my life. He was right—I feel ten years older already.