Karen started training in 1976 at The Hospitals for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street (GOSH), London and qualified both as a Sick Children's Nurse and as a Registered General Nurse. She continued to work at GOSH on and off until 1994, during which time Karen worked in many different areas of the hospital including the Respiratory Intensive Care Unit and was Ward Sister of the metabolic ward. In 1984, Karen was seconded by GOSH to work in the Sultanate of Oman for a year where she was involved in a 5 year project to establish paediatric in-patient services. Karen's other clinical appointment has been as a Staff Nurse on the paediatric surgical ward at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford.
Karen has worked in nurse education for many years as a Clinical Teacher, Nurse Tutor and most recently as a Senior Lecturer in Children's Nursing at the University. In 2015 Karen was given the responsibility of Programme Director for Pre-Registration Nursing, a role which included responsibility for maintaining quality and professional issues across all fields of the pre-registration programmes run at Suffolk. In 2015 Karen successfully completed the EPLS course.
Karen maintains a teaching portfolio that focuses on her particular teaching interests including preparation for clinical practice, consolidation of clinical practice, research skills and child development. Karen also co-leads a module on the MA in Healthcare education.
Research Interests and Publications
Research interests include student assessment and feedback; fitness to practice; issues related to children's nursing and preparation for registration
Hayward, K., Davison, C., Todd, S. and Bundham, S. (2015) Assessing the severity of pain in pre-lingual children poster presentation at the 14th and 15th July 2015 at University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich
Completion of a small scale project that involved developing the Children's Nursing Insight Placement in 2008.