Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing
- School of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health
Ann joined the University of Suffolk as a Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing in August 2021. She commenced and completed her Nursing training in the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in 1988. In 1997 she was recruited to work in a Mental Health Medium Secure hospital where she worked as Clinical Nurse Manager managing various specialist areas within the hospital such as Personality Disorder, Sex Offenders and Rehab, whilst there completed ENB 998 Teaching and Assessing in clinical practice which enabled her to support students whilst they were in the clinical area. She also completed Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management.
In 2010 Ann embarked on a new journey and worked as Clinical Nurse Manager in a Learning Disability Low Secure hospital. She has also gained experience of working in the NHS through working on a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit unit and Female Acute unit. During that time she developed an interest in Trauma therapy and undertook Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) training to better support patients in her care who experience enduring and complex mental health problems.
Ann plans to start Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in January 2022.
Ann worked as Nurse Development Officer in the Independent Sector where she assisted in developing competencies to assist Healthcare staff to navigate from novice to expert by completing competencies related to their specific role within the hospital.
She also supported the hospital to gain registration as an NVQ centre where she taught Healthcare Support staff NVQ Level 2 and NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social care. Some Healthcare staff undertook and successfully completed their Nurse Training and returned to work at the hospital which helped with staff retention.