RCN Critical care and Flight Nurse Forum Chair
Director of Nursing – Assistance EMEA, International SOS
Kerryn McGowran is the Director of Nursing – Assistance- Europe, Middle East and Africa at International SOS in London. Since joining International SOS 14 years ago, Kerryn has held progressively more senior roles in medical assistance with experience working on and managing both corporate and Government contracts, including the US Military contract TRICARE. She has extensive practical experience as a flight nurse transferring patients on commercial airlines for the company, and developing and implementing the medical transportation process regionally. In her current role she is responsible for the professional leadership of a large team of nursing staff across Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Kerryn has been a steering member on the Critical care and Flight Nurse forum committee since 2014, and has been elected as Chair in March 2019. She is passionate about promoting education, developing standards and promoting the incredible work that nurses deliver in critical care and the medical assistance and aviation industry.
Originally from Western Australia, Kerryn has a Bachelor of Science - Nursing from Curtin University, and a strong background in emergency department and hospital based medicine in Australia and the UK – both NHS and private sectors.. She holds a Diploma in Tropical Nursing from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and has completed further Leadership and Management studies at the Singapore Management University.
Transplant High Dependency Unit , Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge
After graduating with a degree in Pharmacology in 2002, Helen qualified as Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2005, after a wide range of experience nursing animals, she decided to swap species!
In 2013 she qualified as a human centered nurse, starting her career working in cardiothoracic intensive care. After two years in ITU, she moved to the transplant team providing specialist support to patients and their families' pre and post cardiothoracic transplant. She was also a member of the National Organ Retrieval Service, on call to facilitate the collection of cariothoraric organs from deceased donors. She then moved to the Transplant High Dependency Unit at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.
Her current role has consolidated her transplant nursing experience as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Living Kidney Donation. She supports living kidney donors through the process of donation and organises kidney transplant surgeries. As part of this role, she also works a Transplant Coordinator managing the logistics of matching, retrieving and transplanting abdominal organs from deceased donors.
Helen's particular areas of interest include the psychological impact of intensive care, clinical debriefing and working with animals in the therapeutic environment. Helen remains a Registered Veterinary Nurse and has developed a strong interest in the principles of One Health. Her first textbook, Veterinary Nursing Care Plans: Theory and Practice was published in 2018. She is also halfway through her MSc in Healthcare Management.
Medical Case Manager and Flight Nurse - CLCA Assistance
After graduating from the University of Brighton as an adult nurse, Dawn worked within an intensive care unit in Sussex. During this time she did a rotation between general ICU, Cardiac ICU and Neuro ICU.
After five years in the NHS, Dawn went to work for a medical assistance company as a medical case manager and flight nurse and has done so for the past 8 years. She was the Chief Nurse at Intana Assist during this time.
Dawn has a keen interest in the education and training of new flight nurses and her objective is to provide relevant training for new flight nurses, and medical case managers into the industry.
Her motivation for joining the forum was to create a networking group for senior nurses within the industry to facilitate the exchange of information that will help to set standards within the aviation industry for all flight medical crew.
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