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Work History

May 2016Present

Occupational Health Nurse

OK health

Occupational Health and Safety assessments, On Site, and at base. Vaccination Programs, Pre -employment Health Assessments, Drug testing, and On Site Health monitoring and life style advise.

May 2015May 2016

Coordinating Nurse

International SOS - MedFit.

Provision of International Occupational Health and Travel Health assessment and advise, in cooperation with the MedFit Occupational Health Doctor.

Nov 2008Apr 2015

Chemotherapy Nurse , Clinical Nurse Educator, Senior Nurse  Radiotherapy.

Auckland City Hospital -Cancer & Blood Services

Patient Education.

Patient side effect assessment and treatment.

Safe administration of Chemotherapy.

Safe administration of experimental pharmaceuticals.

Coordination of treatments in the outpatient area.

New patient education improvement.

Supervision and education of junior staff.

Quality improvement

Development and implementation of a training program for nurses  wanting to specialize in Oncology.

Education on PICC lines and Port a Cath's throughout the organization.

Cancer education in the Community.

Education for hospice nurses.

Supervision, management, education,  and support for Radiotherapy Nurses.

Day to day management of the Radiotherapy Nursing team.

Assistance with nursing portfolio's

Dec 2002Aug 2008

Chemotherapy Nurse - Research Nurse

Christie Hospital NHS foundation trust & National Cancer Research Network.

Patient Education.

Safe administration of Chemotherapy.

Safe administration of experimental pharmaceuticals.

Managed a portfolio of Lymphoma treatment trials.

Staff education on safety and complications of treatment with chemotherapy.

Extension of Chemotherapy services to other area's to accommodate increased patient numbers.

Sep 2000Nov 2002

Specialist theatre Practitioner - Theatre Team Manager

Manchester Royal Infirmary - England

Mentor and practical educator to trainee Theater Nurses

Day to day management of staffing in a 15 theater 24-hour department.

Equipped specialized Orthopedic theaters.

Renewal of outdated Anesthetic Equipment.

Overtime reduction, improvement of staff morale.

Established a team of specialized Cardiac theater nurses.

Oct 1997Feb 2002

Nurse Anesthetist - assistant Team Manager

Medical Centre Molendael - Netherlands

Induction of General Anesthesia under Anesthesiologist supervision

Maintaining the Anesthesia throughout procedure.

Resolve Peri-operative complications

Terminating anesthesia and bringing patient around.

Supervision of patients in the Recovery Unit.

Supervision of junior team members and trainees.

CPR training for ward nurses.

Mar 1992Sep 1997

Nurse Anesthetist

Queen Juliana Pediatric Hospital - Netherlands

Induction of General Anesthesia under Anesthesiologist supervision

Maintaining the Anesthesia throughout procedure.

Resolve Peri-operative complications

Terminating anesthesia and bringing patient around.

Supervision of patients in the Recovery Unit.

Developed new Recovery room.

Provided CPR training to ward nurses.

Feb 1989Feb 1992

Trainee Nurse Anesthetist - Nurse Anesthetist

Red Cross Hospital - Netherlands

Induction of General Anesthesia under Anesthesiologist supervision

Maintaining the Anesthesia throughout procedure.

Resolve Peri-operative complications

Terminating anesthesia and bringing patient around.

Supervision of patients in the Recovery Unit.

Aug 1983Aug 1986

Student Nurse / New Entry to Practice

St Ignatius Ziekenhuis - Netherlands

Trainee general Nurse

Newly qualified general Nurse

Trainee /Qualified paramedic to the Ambulance service.

Education

Chemotherapy Administration and Oncology

Christie Hospital NHS trust

Certificate Oncology & and Chemotherapy 2002

Diploma Nurse Anesthetist

Westeinde Theatre Assistant Training

In-service training 4 years.

Diploma & Bsc Nurse Anesthetist awarded 1992

 

Diploma General Nursing

De Borg - Ignatius Ziekenhuis

3 years in-service training .

Diploma awarded 1992

Biography

I was born in The Netherlands on May the 27th 1961. Following my primary and secondary education in The Hague, I moved to the south to successfully complete a 3-year vocational course resulting in a diploma in Activity Supervision in 1982

It was during my practical placements in different healthcare institutes that I became interested in a career in Nursing. In 1983 I registered at a teaching Hospital to receive the required training and obtained my diploma as a General Nurse in 1986. I took an interest in Critical Care and Anesthetics, but had to wait for a few years until I was able to enroll in a Nurse Anesthetist course, which eventually happened in 1989. I spent those years working on several critical care wards thus collecting valuable experience and skills. They proved to be of great value and certainly helped me to successfully finish my education as a Nurse Anesthetist in 1992 with required qualification.

The following 15 years I pursued my career as a Nurse Anesthetist in different hospitals, among which were a pediatric hospital, an academic teaching hospital, and a district general hospital. My work allowed to me to practice in theaters as well as a recover room nurse.

I moved to the United Kingdom in September 2000 to join my partner. After working in Manchester’s Royal Infirmary as a theatre manager, I choose to change the direction of my career and focused on Oncology. I was very fortunate and proud to be appointed in 2002 as a chemotherapy nurse In Christies Hospital, one of Europe’s main Cancer centers. I was fascinated with the work and became interested in new treatments for cancer. When the chance to become a research nurse presented itself, I successfully applied and have since then enjoyed this challenging and fascinating specialized nursing that allows me to use all the skills I previously obtained.

In 2009 I had the opportunity to move to New Zealand and take my experience and skills to a new level. Although I enjoyed my practice as a research nurse for a private company, I soon discovered my interest in chemotherapy; education and patient care would be better served in a different role.

My subsequent appointment as a staff nurse Medical Oncology at Auckland City Hospital provided me with ample opportunities, to further develop my skills, educate patients and colleagues, and use my management and organizational skills.

As Clinical Nurse Educator I was able to improve the training and skills of Chemotherapy nurses, and make a significant contribution to the New Entrants to Practice program. The latter was well received by both the organization and the staff taking part in it.

In early 2013,  I resigned  as Nurse Educator  but remained with the Oncology service where I assisted  the Charge Nurse Manager as team  leader for the Radiotherapy Nurses.

 After eleven years as an Oncology Nurse, I came to realize that I needed time away from the suffering of the patients I experienced every day. Senior colleagues had told me they also felt the effect of the constant exposure to the distress of their patients, and benefited from a break.  I decided to accept a job as an occupational health nurse, and enjoyed the work outside of a hospital environment, with less distressed clients.

My new experience gained in a more independent role, whilst at times, working alone in a community setting, has been refreshing, and provided me with stronger professional confidence .  I now look forward to a possibility to combine my newly gained skills with my passion for working with people who's lives are affected by cancer.