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Blog: Becoming a Respiratory expert blogger for Nursing in Practice

Blog: Becoming a Respiratory expert blogger for Nursing in Practice

Having qualified as a registered nurse in 1986 I never thought wheezy chests would be my passion. My first ward as a junior staff nurse was thoracic surgery – looking after men who were having lungs or parts of lungs removed, mostly after a cancer diagnosis, and trying to encourage them to cough up all kinds of things, that really made me feel quite queasy as a bright young thing.

I started in general practice 25 years ago having passed through a traumatic 18 months on a paediatric plastic surgery and burns unit, my heart still goes out to those poor children and their families, and a thrilling 18 months in A&E that I just loved.

When I began working in primary care things were changing with ‘the contract’ with the emphasis shifting onto health promotion. Having started as a treatment room nurse, I look back and see that like many of us, I have evolved from the role that is now mostly performed by an able healthcare assistant.

My voyage into respiratory care has been one of investigation and pushing the boundaries. I am known for that, with the phrase ‘head above the parapet’ heard all too often, but always in the patient’s best interest. It all started while I was working closely with a GP who also felt patients should have the best respiratory care. I had a Diploma in asthma at the National Asthma Training Centre which is now known as the Education for Health.

Since then I have been involved in research and teaching, completed a MSc in respiratory care and I’m the nurse lead for the Primary Care Respiratory Society UK – a UK wide society for primary care health professionals keen to deliver high value patient centred respiratory care.

Working in primary care means I also have other areas of interest – diabetes, minor illness and triage, managing the nurse team and mentoring student nurses for example, I am also a Queen’s nurse.

I am new to blogging. It entertains my family to think that for someone who talks non-stop it might be an outlet for my musings, but I am planning to be focussed on respiratory. I want to use this blog as a chance to shed light on good practice, new research and technology which will benefit asthma patients.

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