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I am delighted to be a new Nursing in Practice editorial board member


Julie Green


I am passionate about the care delivered outside of hospitals and within the patient’s home.

Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Keele University Professor Julie Green writes about why she is excited to join Nursing in Practice’s editorial board.

I was recently approached and offered the opportunity to join the editorial board of Nursing in Practice. I really enjoy reading the journal and love the exciting content that it covers, so I felt that this was a great opportunity and it aligns with my background as a district nurse really well. I’m also hoping to also use the opportunity to write a few articles and to review submissions.

Here is a little about me. I have been a nurse for nearly 35 years. I am passionate about the care delivered outside of hospitals and within the patient’s home. I seek to raise the profile of the advanced, autonomous nature of this care at every opportunity.  

I started my nurse training in 1987 at the North Staffordshire College of Nursing and Midwifery. I qualified in 1990 and worked across both North Staffordshire and Cheshire in a variety of roles in both primary and secondary care. My secondary care experience focused on the intensive care and high dependency clinical areas over a five year period. In 1996, I was fortunate to get an opportunity to undertake my Specialist Practice Qualification (SPQ) as a direct entrant to the community and I became a district nurse. From day one of the SPQ programme, I just knew that this was where my heart lay as a nurse and I fully embraced every opportunity.

Once qualified, I led a caseload in a busy, deprived, urban area of Stoke-on-Trent. The opportunity to support and care for people in their own home has always been an absolute privilege and being a district nurse is something I am immensely proud of. I also worked as a discharge liaison nurse for a period, working within a large local trust enabling patients to return to the care of their family and local district nursing caseloads. During this time, I represented colleagues as their nurse representative on the primary care trust executive board. This executive board role (1999-2003) gave me my first experience of representation, gathering the views of colleagues and advocating for them within an organisation.

In 2003, I moved to work within education as a lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University. Throughout my time at Keele, I have continued to work clinically and, to this day, maintain my clinical competency. I have been the award lead for the Specialist Community Nursing (District Nursing) BSc and PGDip for a number of years and the Director of Postgraduate Programmes. I deliver teaching sessions across all fields of the pre-registration nurse curriculum and within post registration modules. I have a particular interest in community nursing practice and, in 2013, was extremely proud to be awarded the Queen’s Nurse (QN) title; a title awarded to those who demonstrate a high level of commitment to patient care and nursing practice in the community.

In November 2018, I secured the cross faculty role of dean for education, working across the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences – nursing, medicine, allied health, social work, pharmacy, counselling, midwifery – to support the quality of educational delivery and I also led inter-professional education. In January 2020, I was extremely proud to be promoted to professor of district nursing based on my contribution to professional practice. And finally, in April 2021, I was appointed head of school for the School of Nursing and Midwifery. It is an absolute please to lead a wonderful team to train our future nursing and midwifery workforce.

Ms Green joins our existing board members: Marilyn Eveleigh, Rhona Aikman and Helen Lewis.