Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery
Vickie is an Adult Emergency Nurse Specialist. She has joined ARU in 2022 as a Senior Lecturer in BSc (Hons) in Adult Nursing.
Vickie qualified in 2003 after studying at Portsmouth University. She then worked in Peterborough Hospital for nine years, gaining experience in Surgical Assessment Unit (SAU), Medical Assessment Unit (MAU), finally reaching the goal of Emergency Department (ED) in 2004/5. In 2008 Vickie completed her Emergency Nurse Specialist Degree, which broadened her outlook on Emergency Medicine. Vickie then moved to the John Radcliffe in Oxford where she began her Sister mentorship, and quickly began to lead ED on a regular basis.
Vickie also worked on the First Response car, which was a very exciting and very educational experience. After being promoted to Flight Sergeant (FS), Vickie was posted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, where she began her manager role, guiding juniors to work in good, well knitted teams. Her last posting was to the Defence Medical Academy at Litchfield where, as the FS in charge of four Sgts and one Cpl, she ran five courses and effectively managed a very busy schedule. Due to her previous work on the Battlefield Advanced Trauma Life Support course (BATLS), Vickie aligned all of the courses to mirror BATLS, ensuring everyone was conducting the same skills out in the field.
In between these postings, Vickie completed several pre-deployment courses to enable her to be deployed to Iraq twice, where she was in charge of the Immediate Response Team (IRT). While there, she led a team who worked on helicopters picking up injured personnel, civilians and the insurgents, treating them with care and respecting their dignity; it was a mini ED in the air. She also went to Sierra Leone to the Kerry Town Treatment Centre, were she worked on patients with Ebola.
Vickie has also completed a plethora of Aeromed tours, flying around the world to pick up patients and escort them back to the UK or their home country. In addition, she has sat in a field in California doing drop zone cover for the guys and girls who were doing their parachute course.
BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing