My Professional life spans 33 years of rural and regional nursing – mostly as a practice nurse. Initially in primary care, I have also enjoyed several years in aged care, a brief stint with the local Aboriginal Medical Service gaining experience in Indigenous Health issues and since 1995, in Dermatology private practice.
These eighteen years of generalist dermatology, have encompassed all age groups and many sub speciality areas, medical and surgical. My role has always included an educational focus for my colleagues, whether nurses transitioning into dermatology or as professional development and competency development of dermatology, aged care or primary care practice nurses.
I completed my Master of Nursing in 2003, as the clinical requirements of my position demanded expanded, evidence based knowledge to substantiate my broadened and continuing role development.
Always professionally active, I have held committee positions for the Australian Dermatology Nurses’ Association (ADNA) 2004-2010, including President (2004-07), then Public Officer and Education Liaison, being inducted as a Life Member in 2010.
I have provided specialist review for:
- Lewis’s Medical-Surgical Nursing textbook, edited by Diane Brown and Helen Edwards 2nd edition 2007.
- The Australian and New Zealand Edition of Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions, published by Elsevier Australia 2nd edition 2009 and 3rd edition 2013.
- The Nurses Board of Victoria, endorsement of Nurse Practitioners in 2008, as member of the expert panel.
Throughout my career, I have actively pursued education, for myself and my colleagues, believing that shared information inspires nurses, raises our sights, advances our achievements and benefits our patient outcomes. I am determined that nurses and carers, regardless of clinical setting, will have accessible and current education around skin health, to assist in the competent delivery of appropriate patient centred care to people with skin conditions.