Senior Lecturer in Community Nursing
Donna is a Senior Lecturer in Community Nursing within the School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton. Prior to taking up this post nine years ago, Donna worked within the UK Health and Justice Service in various clinical leadership and service management roles. Donna is a strong advocate for providing career progression and all aspects of professional development for nurses working in these challenging yet rewarding environments as well as within mainstream primary care. To this end Donna co-authored and runs a work-based learning programme to facilitate the transition into primary care of newly qualified nurses and ‘new to general practice’ nurses. With 21 years prescribing practice experience, and extensive ability as a general practice nurse and an advanced nurse practitioner, Donna feels passionately that nurses who can independently prescribe offer rounded, safe and effective care for the benefit of their patients. She believes this is particularly important given the complexity and range of professional contexts within which they work. Donna has published in the field of prison nursing and has presented at several international conferences on the topics of professional identity and social justice. Donna continues to support GPNs and other healthcare practitioners in their prescribing studies considering it a privilege to help others to undertake and succeed at achieving the independent prescribing programme. Donna is an active member of the Association of Academic General Practice Nurse Educators.