Stirling was my first choice for nursing. They have an internationally recognised reputation for excellence in teaching and learning in nursing education. My parents lived close by too, so it was handy to travel home on the weekends sometimes. I had some of the best time of my life at Stirling, what a beautiful campus.
Most of my clinical placements were undertaken at Stirling Royal Infirmary and the then Royal Scottish National Hospital in Larbert and I worked part time with Enable Scotland whilst studying. Upon registration I worked in SRI’s General Surgery for 12 months with patients with vascular conditions, and undergoing major abdominal surgery.
In 2005 I was successful in a visa application and gaining employment for a ‘working holiday’ in Sydney, Australia, drawn by the golden sands of Bondi beach and the white sails of the Sydney Opera House. It was all very exciting, the thought of working and traveling abroad for a bit. The initial working holiday was supposed to be for 12 months, but little did I know, I would become an Australian citizen and still be living here eight years later!”
Many people don’t think of nursing offering you a golden ticket. The skills you learn as a student nurse put you in a competitive position for secure employment across the globe, there is always a demand for more nurses. Job security and international travel are key attractions for many now entering the profession.
I’ve worked in a variety of acute care hospitals in Sydney, primarily in the specialty of neuroscience and stroke nursing, was a Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Educator for a few years before taking up a secondment with the University of Tasmania to teach post-graduate neuroscience nursing.
Since 2010, I’ve been a Lecturer in the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology, Sydney, where I teach medical surgical nursing and evidence based practice in the Bachelor of Nursing undergraduate program.
I graduated with a Masters of Health Leadership from the University of Tasmania in 2011. Currently I’m the recipient of a UTS Doctoral scholarship and am a PhD candidate at the UTS: Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care, where I coordinate the AFASTER Study which investigates barriers and enablers to thromboprophylaxis in heart failure and atrial fibrillation. I have a keen interest in stroke prevention having cared for many patients who have experienced stroke. In 2013, I became an Ambassador for the National Stroke Foundation, and joins them in their endeavours to fight stroke, save lives and end suffering. I hope to finish my PhD studies in early 2015.