Wendy is a Senior Lecturer on both BSc and MSc pre-registration nursing programmes in the School of Nursing. With particular interest in the use of social media to engage with student for professional development, Wendy has social media presence that has enhanced student nurse education and in 2015 was named by JISC and Times Higher Education as one of the top 50 most influential people in higher education on social media.
As a Senior Lecturer in Children's Nursing, Wendy has been Year 3 lead, Field of Practice Lead, Module Lead, Academic Advisor and Academic Assessor. In addition to this, Wendy is Admissions Tutor for the Nurse Degree Apprenticeship Programme and Children's field lead for the pre-registration MSc Children's Nursing programme. Wendy is a strong advocate for children's nursing and ensures that this is embedded into the programmes she teaches on. Wendy is keen to develop the use of social media in nurse education and is working with staff, students and service users to achieve this.
Wendy has been a registered children's nurse since 1998. She has worked at Booth Hall Children's Hospital, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, and in community services. Wendy worked as staff nurse then sister before becoming a practice educator which led to her teaching qualification and the move in to higher education in 2007. Wendy has worked in other universities, giving her a wide perspective of nurse education. Wendy has practice links with local NHS trusts and other organisations, ensuring strong working partnerships with practice providers. Wendy is keen to ensure that student nurses have a good learning experience both in university and on placement. This is to ensure that student nurses become the best children's nurses who can safely and effectively care for children and families.
- Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing, 1998
- University of Salford
- Registered Nurse (Child) 1998
- Nursing and Midwifery Council
- BSc (hons) Nursing 2002
- University of Salford
- PGCE/Practice Educator 2006, University of Bolton
- Currently studying for Professional Doctorate in Health
- Vice Chancellor Distinguished Teacher Award 2014
- Top 50 most influential people in higher education on social media 2014 (JISC/Time Higher)
- 100 Outstanding Nurses 2019 (WeNurses)
- Wendy is particularly interested in the use of social media in nurse education and has worked with organisations such as WeNurses. She also curates @CYPNAUK on Twitter and Facebook. As such she has an interest in promoting professional development and working in partnership with students to enhance the student experience. Wendy has published and presented at national and international conferences on this subject.
- Wendy is also interested in working with children, young people and families to inform the curriculum, offer different perspectives to students, and enable their voices to be heard. She has worked on a number of projects and has published in this arena.
- Committee member of Children and Young People's Nurse Academics UK (CYPNAUK)
- Parent Governor at St Mary's Catholic High School, Astley.