Adult Research Nurse
I gained a Bsc in Adult Nursing from The University of Plymouth in 2010. I gained experience working as a community In-reach nurse- helping to prevent admissions to the acute hospital and working alongside multi-professionals in keeping patients supported and safe at home and within the community setting. I worked in A&E at Addenbrooke's hospital; Cambridge, which I really enjoyed and gave me fundamental assessment skills within mental health, triage, paediatrics and caring for the acutely unwell. During my time working In A&E, I volunteered in Uganda for two weeks, helping to set up community HIV testing stations, supporting those affected with HIV and gaining an understanding of the challenges and stigmas surrounding HIV. I also applied and was selected to go out to Botswana alongside other health care professionals to provide trauma and triage training to health professionals, that were about to undertake a new role in a brand new ambulance service, that had recently been set up.
I moved to Oxford in May 2015 and found this research job advertised within the Oxford Vaccine Group whilst I was out in Botswana! It ticked all my boxes, as I'm really interested in public health, education, infectious diseases and innovation. I passed my Diploma in Tropical Nursing at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in January 2016, with the intention to utilise my new found knowledge working / volunteering on humanitarian projects including Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)
When I'm not working, I have recently started running and to my surprise really enjoy it- especially sprinting and long distance! I am about to take part in my first Marathon in Helsinki and I will be taking part in the Great North Run in September: raising funds for 'Tommy's - Saving Babies Lives'
I hope to build on my new found skills in research and very much looking forward to whatever door opens!