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Since March 2009: Registered Nurse Dresden, Germany
Position on an open mental health ward, with the focus on addiction treatment.
o Being responsible for delivering specialised, holistic and well-planned care
o Recognise and assess the behaviours and interpret the meanings of these behaviours within this user-group
o Working in close partnership with the clients to empower them and develop their responsibility for their situation
o Being aware of and developing the healthy aspect of the client, and supporting the development of all components of their ADLs
o Working closely with the MDT in implementing group and individual therapies informed by aspects of the recovery approach
o In the acute withdrawal phase, assessing addiction clients using the CIWA (Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment) instrument, and where required administering medication
o Introduction and development of primary nurse model for the ward
o Assisting in the development of a short-hand care plan for the clients with alcohol problems
o Within the framework of the “Psychiatric Care Standards Group”, assisting on a unit level with the development of care standards for mental health
o Involvement with an auditing group working with IQIP (International Quality Indicator Project)
Nov 2007 – Feb 2009: Registered Nurse Dresden, Germany
Position on a neurological emergency admissions ward combined with a stroke unit, working daily in acute and high stress situations
o Managing all aspects of neurological patient care, including evaluating neurological deficits and their effects on ADLs
o Stroke Monitoring by intracerebral haemorrhage and thrombolysis, administering medication, and informing medical personal and other MDT colleagues of relevant changes in the condition of the patient
o On occasion independently administering life-saving techniques until medical assistance arrived
Sep 2005 – Nov 2007: German Nurse Training
As there is no specific Mental Health Nurse training in Germany, I had to complete training as a general nurse (joining the training at the start of the 2nd academic year).
Aug 2001 – Sep 2003: Registered Mental Health Nurse London, England
Position in a newly opened service in inner-city London for young people aged 12 to18, suffering from mental health difficulties. Providing individualised packages of care within an acute inpatient, day patient and out-patient setting. Clinical and management supervision of qualified and unqualified colleagues.
o F-Grade Charge Nurse (Feb 2003 – Sep 2003)
o E-Grade Staff Nurse (Aug 2001 – Feb 2003)
o Promotion to Charge Nurse
o Assisting in the development of a brand new service
o Assisting in the development of therapy and activity based groups
o Assisting in the development of a Case Management framework to work with young people and their families / carers before, during and following their admission
Oct 1999 – Aug 2001: Registered Mental Health Nurse London, England
First employment as a fully-qualified registered mental health nurse on an inner-city London acute admissions ward
o E-Grade Staff Nurse (Nov 2000 – Aug 2001)
o D-Grade Staff Nurse (Oct 1999 – Nov 2000)
o Initiated and developed a new care planning system for the ward
Summary of Clinical Skills & Responsibilities
Client & Family Care
Providing and maintaining a climate of trust for clients and, where appropriate, their families
Prioritising health needs of the service-user and identifying appropriate interventions
Providing person-centred and evidence-based care decisions and recommendations
Appropriate use of diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, bearing in mind safety, cost, efficacy and the opinion of the client
Recognising and, in partnership, building on the strengths, knowledge and experience of the clients, whilst validating the teams’ findings with them
Providing, particularly within the mental health field, guidance, advice and support regarding management of the health / illness condition
Developing the service-users control over decision-making, to improve personal responsibility for their health / illness
Using risk assessments to manage risk effectively
Assessing the service-users motivation and capacity for learning about their condition, and creating a safe environment for effective learning
Reflect on own emotional response to interaction with service-users, and use this reflection to inform further therapeutic development
Using clinical supervision and self-evaluation effectively to improve care and practice
Demonstrating respect for the inherent dignity of every human being, whatever their age, gender, religion, socio-economic class, sexual orientation, and ethnic or cultural group
Safe administration of medication
Where necessary, safe usage of Control & Restraint techniques
Coordination & Management
Coordination of client admission, transfer and discharge
Working collaboratively with other health professionals and agencies
Shift coordination & personnel planning
Bed management on a ward and unit level
Induction & mentorship of new colleagues
Participating in the clinical & management supervision of both qualified and unqualified staff and being involved in teaching staff of all levels
Gaps in Employment History
Sep 2003 – Sep 2005: Move to Dresden, Germany
I left London to go and live and work in Dresden in Germany. Apart from a couple of part-time positions as a Social Assistant in an after school club and as a Support Worker in a residential setting for clients with chronic mental health and addiction problems, and due to initial difficulties with the language, I worked occasionally as a bank staff nurse on my old ward in London to help out financially, before re-training in Dresden from September 2005.
King’s College, University of London, UK
Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing Studies (Mental Health) with distinction
Graduated: September 1999
Medical Vocational School, University Clinic, Dresden, Germany
State Examination in Nursing
Graduated: November 2007
Paston Sixth Form College, North Walsham, UK
A-levels (Mathematics, Biology, Psychology)
Graduated: July 1991
Writing songs, playing guitar and singing in bands
Mountain bike riding