Name: Claire Gillan
Job title: Clinical Educator & Liaison Nurse
Speciality: Children’s nursing
Organisation: Ulster Hospital, South Eastern Trust
What is your current role?
There are 2 parts to my role:
1. Clinical Educator, which involves providing education to staff nurse and healthcare assistants in the Children's Unit, being involved in the induction of new staff, and promoting development in existing staff.
2. Liaison. Facilitating and supporting the delivery of age appropriate care to children and young people in adult wards in the hospital, with particular emphasis on fluid management, administration of medicine, consent and safeguarding.
What was your route to this role?
I was Deputy Sister in Craig Ward for 3 years before taking this role. During this time I obtained BLS Instructor qualification and RQF Level 3 in Assessing Vocational Achievement. Before that I was a band 5 on Craig ward for 2 years and RBHSC ED for 7 years.
What prompted you to do this role?
I really enjoyed mentoring and teaching students, healthcare assistants and new staff and wanted to develop this side of my career further.
What education/courses/modules have you undertaken to equip you for the role?
I have recently completed the Effective Teaching in Practice Course and hope to start a PGCE soon. I am in the process of completing the RQF Internal Verifier Award. Learning from others has also been a great source of education!
How do you see yourself developing your skills?
This is a new role within the Children's Unit and Cohort Wards, so I am learning constantly. I am developing skills in teaching, negotiating and time management.
What is your long-term career plan?
I would like to stay in the area of Clinical Education. It is very rewarding to watch someone you have taught progress to greater things and fulfill their potential.
What advice would you give someone thinking about moving to work in your area of practice?
Go for it! Follow the dream. I came into nursing as a mature student. It is never too late!
What do you most enjoy about this area of care?
I enjoy making a difference to staff. By encouraging, supporting and providing education, they are empowered to progress.