Working in a senior nurse position whilst maintaining a keen interest in tissue viability

Welcome to the TVS blog written by Nikki Stubbs, Clinical Pathway Lead, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

I have been a registered nurse for 33 years, 29 years being spent in community based nursing.

In 1991 I completed my District Nursing course and following that developed a passion for Tissue Viability.

Having worked as a research nurse on a large leg ulcer trial I was lucky enough to gain a Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist post and worked in this speciality for 14 years.

Four years ago our organisation went through a restructure and I was unable to continue working in Tissue Viability but was determined to maintain that interest, to keep my knowledge up to date and to remain an advocate for all things tissue viability when the opportunities arose.

A year ago I was seconded into a Professional Lead Nurse post, in this role I have been involved in reviewing pressure ulcer serious incidents and 72 hour reviews. I am responsible for the implementation of the NHSI Pressure Ulcer Reporting changes and for re writing our local pressure ulcer policy among many other things.

Being a community nurse will always involve wound care in some shape or form and I am a living example of how you can adapt your role to accommodate your passions and skills.

The Tissue Viability Society has an open door policy and is keen to include all professions and roles with an interest in Tissue Viability. As treasurer and trustee I am a living example of the inclusive approach of the TVS. I get so much out of my involvement with the other members and they help me to maintain my knowledge and skills and keep abreast of changes in policy. I think I bring some different skills to support the society as well.

All are welcome – come and join us!