Caroline trained at Guy's Hospital in London as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) in 1982 and after qualifying worked for 2 years on the children's surgical ward. She then undertook her training to become a Registered Sick Children's Nurse (RSCN) at Westminster Children's Hospital in London and after qualifying worked for several years on the Neonatal ward and Adolescent unit. Caroline then completed her post-registration training in Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Caroline's clinical background is nursing sick children within the hospital setting. After training and working in London Caroline moved to East Anglia where she worked on the Neonatal Unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon. This was followed by a move to the Ipswich Hospital where Caroline worked as a Junior Sister in the Children's department. In 1994 Caroline became Ward Sister of Boxford Ward, the children's surgical ward. This was followed by promotion to Directorate Lead Nurse and then the role of Modern Matron. In 2006 Caroline decided to channel her enthusiasm for children's nursing into teaching and is currently employed as a Lecturer in Children's Nursing.
Caroline has completed her BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies, MSc in Nursing and Post-Graduate Certificate in Interprofessional HealthCare Education.
Teaching and Other Responsibilities
Caroline lectures on all aspects of children's nursing and across a range of modules within the pre-registration nursing curriculum. Caroline leads the field specific modules Nursing Theory One, Nursing Practice One and Nursing Theory Three. Caroline also teaches on the Interprofessional learning modules and the CPD modules Preparation for Mentorship module and Non-Medical Prescribing module.
In 2011 Caroline set up and leads the East of England Children and Young People's Nurse Educators Forum. Caroline is also the lead facilitator for the University's Pre-registration Peer Mentorship scheme.
Caroline has recently been involved in a joint project with the Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust Bridging theory-practice; supporting student learning . The aim of the project is to bridge theory and practice by strengthening the visibility of academics and clinical practitioners in theory and practice settings, thus reinforcing links between clinical practice and the University.
Research Interests and Publications
2009 - RCN Conference: Back to the future: a celebration of 25 years of children and young people's nursing. Poster presentation: 'The unplanned admission of a child to hospital following acute illness: Parents' experience and emotional response'.
2012: UCS Teaching and Learning day. Poster presentation: East of England Regional Forum Child health Nursing Programmes.
2013: UCS Annual Teaching and Learning Day. Co-author poster presentation: Introduction of a Peer Mentoring Scheme for First Year Pre-registration Student Nurses.
2013: Net Conference. Co-presenter by invitation: Introduction of a peer mentoring scheme for first year pre-registration student nurses at the University Campus Suffolk. The NET international conference is firmly established as the leading annual participative conference for networking in healthcare education.
2015: UCS Children and Childhoods Conference. Co-author poster presentation: Assessing the severity of pain in pre-lingual children.