Based in: North Yorkshire
Clients: Yorkshire and the far North, North West and Eastern regions
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
- Degree in Practice Innovation
- Advanced Diploma in Nursing Studies (Paed)
- University Certificate of Continuing Education (Mentoring in Practice)
- Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Registered Nurse (Paed) 09K1207E
- Royal College of Nursing Membership
Debbie has experience in the following areas:
- Spinal injuries all levels (Paediatric and Adult).
- Traumatic Brain injury (Paediatric and Adult) to include Walking Wounded / High Level Physical Functional Difficulties / Cognitive difficulties / Vegetative state / Minimal Awareness.
- Cerebral Palsy (Paediatric and Adult).
- Respiratory diseases / Mesothelioma / COAD / Pulmonary Embolism / Carcinoma.
- Palliative Care.
- Tracheostomy / Ventilated clients.
- Mental health (Paediatric and Adult).
- Learning disabilities (Paediatric and Adult).
- Elderly care and those suffering from Dementia.
- Orthopaedic Injuries (Paediatric and Adult).
- Amputees (Paediatric and Adult).
Debbie completed her three-year children's nurse training course with an advanced diploma in 2010 at the University of Teesside, which has recently won the country's top university for nursing studies award. After a year of being qualified, she decided to return to university to complete the mentoring in practice (MIPS) course to allow her to work with student nurses and share her knowledge and experience. In 2012, Debbie once again returned to university to top up her advanced diploma to a degree with the practice innovation course.
During her nursing career, Debbie worked at two baby and young people's hospices delivering a high standard of care to babies and young children with very complex needs and some with life limiting illnesses. During this time, she gained beneficial experience including dealing with seizures, care and management of gastrostomies including feeding via gravity and feeding pumps. She also gained knowledge in caring for children with tracheostomies.
Alongside working with Children with complex needs, Debbie worked in a busy emergency assessment unit. This has allowed her to recognise the sick and deteriorating child and act quickly and effectively to deliver a high standard of emergency care. As part of such a busy team, Debbie often had to liaise with the multi-disciplinary teams meaning that effective communication skills were vital. She is experienced in venepuncture, cannulation and port access.
Debbie was a student link nurse meaning she had to pair students up with nursing staff to ensure their learning experience was positive and helped enable them to develop their knowledge. Another passion of Debbie's is transitional care and she attended regular meetings to ensure the transition process was as smooth as possible for patients and their families.
As a senior staff nurse, Debbie has a vast amount of experience in taking charge on a unit and arranging shifts to be covered due to sickness etc. She also had some experience in dealing with disciplinary issues as well arranging interviews and participating on interview panels.
During Debbie's time working at Butterwick House hospice, she gained experience in working with young adults with complex needs. This included introducing them into new social situations and helping them become more sociable. She helped with all their personal needs and requirements. Debbie also communicated with their families and acted as an advocate for the young people.
More recently, Debbie has gained experience working with a client who has a brain injury which ultimately led to psychosis and management of their care and welfare needs. She is experienced with clients with deteriorating mental health conditions and liaising and working collaboratively with mental health professionals and attending MDT meetings.
Debbie considers herself to be very organised, approachable, professional and empathetic. Everything she does, she does with enthusiasm and she is a very proactive person.
As a mother who has a complex need child, Debbie appreciates the constant battle some families face on a daily basis.