Karen Chivers

Associate Lecturer

I trained at Westminster Hospital in London and qualified in 1991. I worked at a number of different hospitals in London in a variety of specialities including cardiology, medicine and vascular surgery. After a brief interlude when I travelled to Australia, I returned to begin my career in Accident & Emergency. I began work at Wycombe Hospital and since then have worked at a variety of hospitals within the region including; Hillingdon Hospital; Stoke Mandeville Hospital; Wexham Park Hospital.

I have undertaken a number of different courses to ensure that I am up to date and qualified to practice within the ED. This includes the A/E short course (ENB 998) and the Nurse practitioner course (A33). I spent a six month secondment to Oxford Brookes as a lecturer practitioner in 2009. Since then I have continued to work as an Associate Lecturer working on the A/E short course and Minor Injury and Illness Course to post qualified staff.

I have recently completed (2013) a master’s degree in Clinical Health Care Practice.

My clinical role is a clinical practice development nurse in the Emergency department at Wexham Park Hospital.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Teaching

I am involved in teaching on the Minor Injury and Illness Management Course on all the modules and I module lead for Enhancing Professional Judgement in practice. Within the A/E short course I lead on the Adult Emergency Practice module since it evolved 4 years ago, as well as teaching on Developing Emergency Care.

Research

I am interested in emergency medicine per se and in particular looking at the development of the Majors Nurse practitioner within Emergency medicine. My dissertation focused on these aspects and how potential problems could be overcome in practice. I also have a keen interest in Trauma care and direct and teach on Advanced Trauma Nursing Course (ATNC).

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