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Neonatal nursing

Kylie Reid

Name: Kylie Reid

Job title: Ward based clinical educator and clinical leader

Speciality: Neonatal Unit

Organisation: Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Morecambe Bay Hospital Trust

What is your current role?

E provide teaching to neonatal staff on various aspects of mandatory training, such as hand hygiene and ANTT. I am the lead for equipment also, so I train staff how to use anything from a ventilator to a blood gas machine. I facilitate and teach on mandatory training days, looking at skills such as newborn life support. I assist in the implementation of new guidelines and also develop new guidelines myself, to improve patient care.

I also work clinically and take charge of shifts. This involves allocating patient workload, carrying a bleep and attending crash calls, as well as having my own patient workload.

What was your route to this role?

As a newly qualified children’s nurse, my first job was as a staff nurse on a tertiary neonatal unit. Over the past nine years, I have then moved to a different tertiary neonatal unit and then to my local level 2 neonatal unit. Whilst working in the tertiary units I worked towards and completed my qualification in specialty for neonates, by attending university modules and achieving specific competencies. I then went on to work towards completing my degree in neonatal care and am currently finishing my dissertation to complete this.

I got my first sisters post whilst working at the second tertiary unit and also worked as a research nurse in the neonatal setting. This provided great insight into the research process and how clinical trials are set up and carried out. For the last 12 months I have been working in the role of educator on the neonatal unit. This is a new role to me and has been very challenging but enjoyable.

What prompted you to do this role?

I have always enjoyed teaching and have worked with a lot a students and new staff. I also want my colleagues to feel comfortable in approaching me for refresher training on aspects that they don’t feel 100% confident with. I’m passionate about providing the best neonatal care we can and it is an area that is constantly evolving so change is frequent. Implementing change is challenging but very fulfilling when it improves patient care.

What education/courses/modules have you undertaken to equip you for the role?

  • Children’s nursing DipHE
  • Neonatal Nursing DipHE
  • Will complete Neonatal Nursing DipHE later this year

How do you see yourself developing your skills?

I have recently been asked to train as a neonatal life support instructor and would like to complete this training as soon as possible. I would like to work more across hospitals sites within our trust to work to our level 1 unit as well as our level 2 unit.

What is your long-term career plan?

I would like to be able to undertake a teaching qualification in the future and continue developing as an educator.

What advice would you give someone thinking about moving to work in your area of practice?

Anyone at any level can get involved in teaching. I would advise starting as a mentor and then branch into a field you’re interested in to develop practice. If you’re interested in becoming an educator a formal teaching qualification will be useful.

What do you most enjoy about this area of care?

Seeing babies grow and thrive is amazing. It’s also great being able to work with families and see their confidence grow in caring for their baby with your help. Seeing your colleagues develop in their practice with your support is additionally very satisfying.

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