Natasha qualified as a Registered Nurse (Adult) from Canterbury Christchurch University in 2008. On qualifying Natasha worked within an ENT and Plastic Surgery ward, specialising in Hand Trauma. This involved caring for both surgical and medical patients, day surgery as well as inpatient admissions. The ENT aspect was particularly interesting as it involved both an emergency and elective focus, within a regional specialist unit. Following on from this Natasha moved to the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit, caring for patients in the immediate post-operative phase, providing specialist airway management and care. Natasha then moved to an Emergency General Surgery ward, caring for GI, Colorectal, Urology and ENT patients, which was particularly busy unit with a diverse patient range, all of which developed her skills greatly before joining the University.
Natasha is currently working towards her Masters in Education for Health and Social Care and also her NMC Teacher qualification.
Nursing Theory 3 is a second year pre-registration module focused on nursing philosophies, models and frameworks. A variety of teaching approaches are used, including workshops focusing on current issues e.g. Obesity, Transition, Pain Management and the Deteriorating Patient.
Healthcare in Society is a foundation degree module which considers a wide variety of topics relating to working in healthcare; topics include Social Policy, Equality & Diversity, Targets & Commissioning, Person Centered Care, Ethics, Law and Holism.
Natasha's areas of interest include teaching clinical skills, relating theory to practice and sharing her experiences with students. Natasha's academic interest is considering nurse education, in particular the theory practice gap and its associated issues.
MA Dissertation: Performing a dual role: Identifying the benefits and challenges.
NET Conference 2015: Theme Paper: performing a dual role: identifying the benefits and challenges.