Oculoplastic Nurse Consultant
Nicola commenced her ophthalmic nursing studies at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 1998. Following this, she worked in the operating theatre, successfully completing the ophthalmic theatre course, as well as the mentorship and counselling courses. She consolidated her academic achievements by obtaining a non-medical prescribing, post graduate diploma in health management, as well as a masters in health management. In 2013, Nicola was awarded the British Thyroid Foundation: Evenly Ashley Award.
Nicola pioneered the first nurse-led services at Moorfields in botox, minor surgery, post-operative clinic and virtual histology reporting. She runs a bi-yearly botox study day for ophthalmic and neurology nurses and doctors, and developed the patient pathway currently in use in the oculo-plastic/adnexal service.
Recently she created the first comprehensive dvd on caring for patients with loss of an eye, which led to her starting work on a second dvd on thyroid eye disease and its management and audit. A third dvd on the management of watering of the eye is currently in development.
Nicola was recently promoted to nurse consultant and is currently undertaking a doctorate in nursing. She is driven by a desire to educate nurses and improve the quality of compassionate patient care in its many facets. Nicola joined the forum in 2015 so that she could work with other members to influence ophthalmic changes that will benefit both patients and nurses.