Andrea’s desire to become a nurse and ultimately a community nurse stemmed from her experiences of working as a volunteer within the British Red Cross where she achieved her 25 years voluntary medical service medal. For most of this period she was the youth leader for a very busy and active group of 5 – 17 year olds which encompassed generic training courses, youth camps, and holidays for children with special needs. She worked for 33 years as a district nurse, community practice teacher and integrated team leader in a socially deprived area for Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust before initially working for the College as a lecturer/practitioner for the district nursing programme. She achieved her Master’s in Public Health and Partnerships in Care in 2008 and was appointed as a Senior Lecturer and Programme Manager for the district nursing programme in 2009.
Andrea has introduced a number of innovations into the district nursing programme. She developed a new programme for the V150 community nurse prescriber (Nov 2011). This was the first in Wales as legislative rights were only granted by Welsh Government during June 2011. She has also introduced a work-based learning module supported by action learning into the programme. The ultimate goal of this module is to further develop students’ understanding and knowledge of an area of practice that has the potential to improve the student’s critical thinking and self-evaluative skills to enhance practice and ultimately patient care. Andrea maintains the highest standards as an educator, ensuring that her teaching is evidenced based. She demands high standards of herself and of her students and challenges students’ thinking and practice in a constructive, supportive and meaningful way. District nursing practice is complex and care pathways are constantly changing, therefore, it is imperative that students are appropriately prepared to be able to critically reflect on their practice to improve care at an individual level as well as a team level. She is highly regarded by both students and by her professional and academic colleagues. She was awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse by the Queen’s Nursing Institute in 2013. This title is bestowed on a district nurse who is committed to high standards of practice and patient-centred care and recognises innovation and best practice, in order to improve care for patients.
Whilst being very supportive of students she is equally supportive of community practice teachers and mentoring new members of staff. She leads by example providing an excellent role model for students and colleagues. She is committed to ensuring that district nurses of the future maintain the highest standards of care.