For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a nurse. I always knew I would end up working as a nurse. I trained at St James’ Hospital in Leeds in the UK in the 1980s.
I am a registered nurse both in the UK and in Perth, Western Australia. I have 36 years of nursing experience in acute care, community nursing, teaching pre-reg students at degree level, experience of project management, commissioning and procurement of new health services.
I have undertaken Coach training with the Life Coaching Academy Australia and I am an Accredited Resilience at Work (R@W) Assessor.
I coach nurses and my mission is to help clinical nurses become the nurse leaders of the future. I know from first-hand experience how difficult it is to find support from someone who understands the pressure nurses are under today. I also know that as a nurse you are very busy and there is never enough time for your own self-care, and even if there was you are too exhausted to do anything.
I have lots of different nursing experience. I have worked as a community nurse visiting older people at home; I felt very privileged to work in the community and listen to the stories that older people share about their life. More recently I worked as a nurse director in the Middle East and Australia.
I have studied to Masters level, working and studying with two young children and all the challenges that this brings.
I lived in Qatar and worked as a Director of Nursing for three years, experiencing nursing in a different country. It was also great to learn about a different culture in relation to nursing. In 2014 I moved to Western Australia to work as a Nurse Director at Fiona Stanley Hospital State Rehabilitation Service in Perth. I gained experience of commissioning and transitioning of services, along with the opening of a new Statewide Rehabilitation hospital. This is where I became passionate about growing leadership skills in the clinical nursing team and growing future nurse leaders.
Eighteen months ago my employment position was abolished following a financial re-structure, something that on a personal level I found really hard to deal with. The negative self-talk about age, skills and not being good enough were very challenging during this time. I began to study coaching, embarking on a journey of self-realisation where I can use my skills in a different way to help others cope with the challenges they face in a demanding healthcare arena.
Re-thinking my career helped me to take a leap of faith to pursue a career as a resilience coach, to support and coach others to help them boost their resilience at work as a nurse.
I know that you love being a nurse and when you are working with patients nothing else matters. I also understand that you feel frustrated that you never get out of work on time and any time for you is put on the back-burner. Perhaps you find it difficult to leave work behind once you finish and this distracts you from loved ones and friends. There might be times when you feel like you are treading water and just keeping your head above the waves, maybe you feel physically and emotionally drained when you get home from work and your days off are spent recovering. Self care is something that you dream about but never have the time to do.
If this sounds like you then get in please get in touch, because I believe I can help you achieve your goals through coaching.
Giving something back is really important to me. Throughout my career as a nurse I have been really fortunate to have had access to many opportunities that have shaped the person that I am today. I do realise that for many people this is not always the case and whilst many have aspirations they don’t always have the means to realise and achieve their dreams. I chose to give something back to the Women for Women in Africa Foundation (WFWIA) project and I co-sponsor a young girl called Margaret to undertake nursing studies in Nairobi. Margaret lives in Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. She has completed high school and wants to become a nurse. Sponsorship is often the only way that a young person can afford to undertake university studies.
There is something really rewarding about helping someone to achieve what they want to be in life.
If you would like to know more or even consider sponsoring a young person yourself please see the link below