Gemma started at the University in September 2018, coming straight from clinical practice. Gemma qualified as a Registered Children’s Nurse in 2005. She has since worked in a variety of settings that have both consolidated her nursing skills and developed her areas of specialist interest.
One of these areas was the Burns Intensive Care unit at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford. Gemma was responsible for co-ordinating care for adults and children with severe burns injuries. During this time she completed a PGCert in Paediatric Intensive Care and also a further module in High dependency care of the acutely ill adult.
After this Gemma moved to Children’s Palliative care within East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices in Ipswich. She worked her way up to Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Symptom Management Team where she gained invaluable experience in managing symptoms for the child and family both for long term conditions and at end of life. She spent 8 years at the hospice, cementing her enthusiasm for holistic care of the child with life threatening or life limiting conditions. She successfully completed a non medical prescriber qualification, using this to enhance child and young people’s timely access to medication and symptom relieving interventions. This was especially utilised out of normal working hours by families who wanted to stay at home during their end of life care.
Gemma completed her time at Hospice as a Clinical Educator and was involved in supporting and teaching both staff and students. Her role involved ensuring students were supported during their placement and encouraged to gain the most out of their experience. Gemma had always enjoyed teaching within all of her post registration practice but it was in this role that she became certain she wanted the opportunity to work further within healthcare education at the University of Suffolk.
Specialist Interests: Paediatric Intensive Care, Burns Management, Symptom Management within Children’s Palliative Care.
Gemma will mainly be focussing on teaching within the first year pre-registration Children's Nursing students, but will provide some input into other modules. She will be link lecturer for Colchester hospital and is planning to study for her post graduate certificate in academic practice early in the new year.