Senior Research Nurse
I moved to the big City of Edinburgh, from rural Perthshire, at the grand age of 17 to begin my nursing studies. I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2000 with a 2:1 honours degree – all set to conquer the (nursing) world.
My career began in respiratory medicine, where I spent an enjoyable 4 years consolidating my training and love for nursing. Always after excitement and a fast-paced working environment, I was intrigued by the work of the Emergency Department. I moved to the ED as a staff nurse in 2004, and before too long I was promoted to deputy charge nurse. It is addictive working in the ED: it becomes a part of you and the loyalty you feel to your colleagues and patients is immeasurable. And so it was with mixed emotions that (after 9 years in a role I loved) I decided I was ready for a change and a new challenge.
Research nursing here I come!
I was delighted to not be going far. I have witnessed numerous changes over the years in the ED. My hope now is that, with my clinical experience and questioning approach to nursing and emergency care, I can be a part of the bigger medical and nursing picture and contribute in a different way. I hope to bring nurse-led projects to the department and bring the clinical and research teams closer together.
Out of work I spend time running around after a very active 4 year old and running an Airbnb on the Royal Mile. If I ever get some down-time then I would like to be on a paddle board or a set of skiis!
To provide an overview of safety culture and patient safety issues in UK emergency departments, and to determine if there are significant differences between doctors and nurses’ perception of safety issues.
SECUre – A Multicentre Survey of the Safety of Emergency Care in UK Emergency Departments
Detection of physiological deterioration by the SNAP40 wearable device compared to standard monitoring devices in the Emergency Department
Evaluating the role of ambulatory, wireless vital sign monitoring in the detection of deterioration