Name: Coral Rees
Job title: Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitoner
Speciality: General Paediatrics
Organisation: Children's Hospital for Wales, Cardiff
What is your current role?
Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner - lead for General Paediatrics.
What was your route to this role?
I qualified with a diploma in children's nursing in 2000 at the University of Salford in Manchester. I worked within a variety of areas including critical care in different NHS trust in both England and Wales before securing a trainee ANP role in the children's hospital for Wales in 2005.
What prompted you to do this role?
During my first few years of being qualified it became very apparent that acute medical nursing was what i enjoyed and I began to develop an interest in the extended roles that nurses where beginning to develop. An aspiration to be a advanced nurse practitioner was beginning to develop.
What education/courses/modules have you undertaken to equip you for the role?
Bsc in Clinical Practice, Msc in Advanced Practice, PgCert Education for Health Professionsal, APLS instructor -generic instructor course.
How do you see yourself developing your skills?
My skills have developed as the role has developed over the years. My skills are now best used training the ANPs of the future as we have led the way with this role with the General Paediatric field in Wales. I am still very fortunate to be clinical within my role and spend around 70% of my time with direct contact with children and their families.
What is your long-term career plan?
Consultant nurse role.
What advice would you give someone thinking about moving to work in your area of practice?
Get as much experience as you can in different areas of acute care and include either critical care or emergency department experience as it will equip you will the skills you need to manage an acutely ill child.
What do you most enjoy about this area of care?
No day is ever the same when i am clinical! I can be on ward round seeing a child who has been admitted with pneumonia then have a crash call to an acutely unwell child in ED. I also enjoy training the new ANPs of the future as it is very rewarding to see them develop.