About WeDistrictNurses

Wednesday 19th September 2018 by @WeDistrictNurse

@WeDistrictNurse is a monthly Twitter chat predominately aimed at District and Community Based Nurses. Keep an eye out for tweetchats using #WeDNs 


About the chat coordinators:

Heather Bain (@heatherbain9) is Head of  academic programmes  in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Robert Gordon University - responsible for both  undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Since coming into education in 2002 she has lead the implementation of the Nurse Prescribing course and subsequently became the course leader of the post registration district nurse course and then led the Masters courses and CPD portfolio within  the School. Her doctorate work looked at district nursing and Heather has actively promoted community nursing education throughout the UK,  being a member of several working groups. More recently she  was seconded to the Nursing and Midwifery Council and was involved in developing the latest national prescribing standards for nurses and midwives.

Helena Kelly (@helenakelly73) joined the Glasgow Caledonian University in August 2015 taking up post of Lecturer of Adult Nursing and Community Health.  Helena is now programme leader for the PgD Advanced practice within District nursing and leads modules on decision making and leadership within community nursing.  Helena also contributes to the undergraduate nursing programme and module leader for Introduction to contemporary community Nursing module as well as Leg ulcer and Management CPD module.  Helena has worked within Primary care for over twenty-three years and has held a Specialist Practitioner District nurse qualification with Nurse prescribing for fifteen years. Helena was recently acknowledged by the Queen’s Nursing Institute for Scotland for her long service contribution to community nursing.   Helena’s main areas of expertise within community nursing include complex case management, long term conditions, palliative and end of life care, tissue viability, risk assessment, integration, leadership and caseload management.
Helena’s current research interests are exploration of strategic leadership within District nursing and the experiences of newly qualified District nurses.
Helena is interested in all areas of digital literacy and keen user of Twitter and social media to enhance   learning.

Danielle Evans (@DanielleEvanss4) states “I am a 3rd year student nurse and soon-to-be NQ community nurse. I knew from my second year that nursing in the community was for me, allowing me to be the nurse I aspired to be. I hope that being part of the WeDistrictNurse team will help me to encourage more student nurses to consider community from qualifying - and banish the dated stereotypes of needing ward experience first!”


Anne Taylor (@AFTaylorDN) states “I graduated from Edinburgh University in 1991 gaining a Staff Nurse job in Acute General Medicine at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford where Alison Binnie was researching Primary Nursing. I moved in to oncology but eventually followed my heart and 'escaped' hospitals, moving into community practice where I was later seconded on to the specialist practitioner course at Oxford Brookes, becoming a District Nurse in 1997. I was a DN caseload holder in ethnically diverse East Oxford for five years, during which time I was selected and elected as a board member initially for the Oxford Primary Care Group and then Primary Care Trust.”

Marie Broen (@MarielyonsBrown) states “My name's Marie Brown, completed RGN and midwifery training in the 1980s, before working in surgical speciality /high dependency care/vascular . Worked as a community staff nurse for several years , then underwent  District Nurse Spq course . Worked as DN for many years ,combined with Marie Curie nursing . Now a DN Practice Teacher with clinical responsibility for a patient caseload and the supervision and assessment of post registration learners. Special interest in the Scottish Patient Safety Programme and anything to do with the development of our future DNS .  I’m also a busy Mum to Declan 17 ,wife to Alasdair and a labrador lover - my furbaby Darth is 11 and lots of fun.”

Rosy Watson (@rosy_roo_roo) states “ I’m a Clinical Lead in the community, in a rural area of Norfolk. I qualified from Northumbria University in 2006. My first job was in James Paget Hospital, Gorleston, on the acute stroke ward. Here I consolidated my nursing skills and learnt the huge contributions that the allied professionals (OT, physio, SALT, Social Services etc) make in a patients journey. In 2008 I moved into a community nursing team, and quickly realised that this was the best area of nursing to work in!  I’ve been involved in a deep dive project, which was reported in Community Nursing Journals and the local press.
I have a special interest in Dementia and adult safeguarding. Most recently I have been accepted as a Queen’s Nurse and I will be attending London to accept the presentation in June.”


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