Faculty of Health & Wellbeing
“At the University of Bolton, we take great pride in providing a quality, supportive learning environment for our students.”
Professor George E Holmes DL | President & Vice Chancellor
“...tutors are very supportive and you’re not just a student ID number, at this university you are an individual with a name.”
Ellisse Vernon | BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
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Having qualified as a nurse in 1984, I focused my career within adult services caring for patients within a surgical setting. This led me to specialise in the care of patients undergoing head and neck oncological surgery and complimented experiential learning with the completion of the English National Board (ENB) Ear Nose and Throat course and ENB Care of the Dying patient and their families. To transfer these skills to student nurses and colleagues, I completed the ENB 998 - Teaching and Assessing qualification.
I graduated from the University of Manchester in 2005 after completing a BSc (Hons) in Nursing Practice.
I have worked within various roles, delivering care whilst training all grades of clinical staff to improve the quality of basic nursing care being delivered to patients. I ensured that I led by example as a highly visible, positive role model. These roles included many different clinical settings both within and outside of the National Health Service, which includes Tameside General Hospital, Jersey General Hospital (Channel Islands) private healthcare setting, before completing my clinical experience as a ward-based Practice and Development Sister on the Head and Neck Surgical Unit at Manchester Royal Infirmary.
The educational perspective of the nursing role was an area which I thoroughly enjoyed as I had always maintained a close link with educating the current and the workforce of tomorrow via the student nurses within clinical placements. The aim was to ensure they gained the essential clinical skills and theoretical knowledge to deliver holistic care to patients within an acute hospital setting.
I became the Clinical Educator within the Division of Surgery, Central Manchester Foundation Trust in 2008 and latterly Education and Development Practitioner. These roles included delivering training within the division on a 1:1 basis to delivering corporate training sessions to large multi-professional audiences which included Preceptorship, Raising Dementia Awareness, Acute Illness Management, Communication training and Clinical Skills training programmes to name a few.
I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2012. My Master's dissertation was titled “Nursing – a Vocation or a Career Driven Occupation?”. This dissertation included the scrutiny of the changes within the NHS and Pre-Registration Nurse education which have occurred during my working life. This led to me graduating from the University of Bolton with an MSc in Health and Social Care in 2016.