I have been working as a nurse for around 10 years.
I originally trained in New Zealand, where I completed my Bachelor of Nursing in 2002. After working there in Cardiology and Internal Medicine, I moved to Germany in 2004, and worked as a district nurse there. In 2005 I went to London and worked as an agency nurse for Geneva Health, mainly in Cardiology, Oncology, and A&E. Since Feb 2007 I have been working at the Charité University Hospital in Berlin as Research Fellow and Lead Nurse Trial Coordinator in the Cardiology Department. At present I am working for the Waikato District Health Board in New Zealand as Clinical Nurse Specialist for Heart Failure, setting up an integrated heart failure service and nurse-led clinic on the Coromandel Peninsula. I completed my Master of Science in Nursing at the Charité in 2010 and have been a PhD student since August 2011.
My main field of interest is heart failure, particularly self-rated health, self-care, and patient-centred care. I am also involved in projects focusing on the professionalisation of nursing and advanced nursing practice in Germany. My role as a research fellow and lead nurse coordinator includes a wide range of responsibilities and competencies; apart from patient care I am responsible for nursing staff supervision and professional development, supporting the whole team in scientific development and research conduct (writing protocols, funding and ethics committee applications, analysing data, manuscript writing & proofreading), and coordinating our international research network. As a clinical nurse specialist, I work closely with patients, cardiologists and other member of the health care team to optimise diagnosis, treatment and care for patients with or at risk of heart failure.I have experience in developing and coordinating scientific programmes for national and international meetings within and extending the Competence Network Heart Failure and was interested in becoming a member of the programme committee to get involved with this fantastic team, to share my ideas and be inspired by others, to develop exciting sessions and advance the exchange of knowledge between practice and research.
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