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In 2010 I enlisted in the Australian Regular Army as a Nursing Officer through the Long-Term Schooling Sponsorship Scheme. I completed my Bachelor of Nursing at La Trobe University in 2010 and continued to work in a civilian setting at the Austin Hospital, Melbourne for 2 years post qualification. I worked in a variety of acute and surgical departments, focusing mainly on accident and emergency to develop the skills required for my role in the Army.
In early 2013, I posted to my first active unit - Close Health - which comprised of supporting combat teams and were forefront of the health care provision in the Army. My role within this posting included providing initial battlefield resuscitation and trauma interventions for stabilisation for Medivac, logistical planning for health assets and delivery, primary health care delivery, clinical governance member, and education provision for medics, nursing officers and medical officers. It was in this role that I initially had exposure to the delivery of higher education in the development of the pilot programme 'Skills Maintenance Log Book Training'... I was also a member of the Amphibious Training Team on board the new LHD Ships (Landing Helicopter Docks) in 2013/2014. In 2015 I was posted to the General Health Battalion where I was a Nursing Officer in the Intensive Care Department.
During my service in the Army I completed 2 deployments - Philippines (2013 - Typhoon Haiyan) and Iraq (2015). After re-deploying home from Iraq, I moved the UK in February 2016, as a Senior Staff Nurse ICU, Poole Hospital.
In 2016 I completed my Master of Nursing (Critical Care) with a sub-specialty in Education and Intensive Care.
I am interested in research in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), military research (intensive care, trauma and military specific injuries/experiences), Intensive Care patient experience, disaster management/logistical planning, and delivery of healthcare in humanitarian/peacetime operations and war.more
Profile of Teaching UG
- Care of the Clients with Acute and Long Term Conditions
- Managing Complex Conditions
- Identifying Knowledge for Practice
Transport & Logistics - Disaster Management, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University, 22 Mar 2018 more
The lecture covered transport and logistics during a humanitarian or war-like deployment. Considerations were examined regarding resupply, logistical elements and relevance/impact of this on practice. Different transport platforms were discussed, along with some of the logistical challenges of this.
Health Considerations and Challenges of DM, Talbot Campus, Bournemouth University, 22 Mar 2018 more
The lecture covered Health Considerations and Challenges during disaster planning/implementation. The lecture discussed common health conditions, health asset siting, siting considerations, health challenges, ethical considerations and case studies of "mission fog" and mass casualty systems.
Public Engagement & Outreach Activities
- A lecture/discussion session was requested by a Geograpy teacher at Poole Grammar to relate to the students'work in "disease dilemmas" for their A-Level Geography class. The presentation explored a variety of roles that nurses fill during disaster management, common diseases and conditions, ethical considerations, case studies of personal deployments and question/answer/discussion time.
- MSc in Critical Care Nursing (La Trobe University, Australia, 2017)
- BSc (Hons) in Nursing (La Trobe University, Australia, 2010)
- Nursing and Midwifery Council, Member (2016-),
- Royal College of Nursing, Member (2016-),