We are a group of passionate Emergency Department (ED) educators all working in some form in emergency medicine, we want to share knowledge about how we should manage patients in the Emergency Department. ​ ​As an ED nurse today there is ALOT to learn and it's not an easy job, never fear there are plenty of resources here to make your job easier, by making your learning more accessible. If you haven't already seen it- the RCN Emergency Care Association (ECA) have produced a framework of skills and career progression for the ED nurse. Our resources will hopefully follow this and enable you to link your learning. Check out the blog explaining self development here ​ ​

Disclaimer

This website is created by passionate educators in addition to their 'normal' jobs and is done so free of charge and not for profit. Therefore this does not constitute medical advice and this does not intend to be your sole education source, simply an additional resource to compliment your learning and development. We recommend you are familiar with you own departments policies and procedures and use this site to assist your personal development. Further if you see something that doesn't seem right- get in touch and let us know- thanks for visiting.
Ashleigh

Ashleigh is an Advanced Clinical Practitioner in Emergency Medicine at University Hospitals Plymouth. She trained as a nurse in the Royal Air Force which took her to Afghanistan twice, Oman, Cyprus, America and several hospitals in the UK. She has nursed in UK ED’s, a military trauma centre, the back of a Chinook Helicopter, a C17, a Tristar, a cruise ship and even a speed boat. Ashleigh has combined in-hospital emergency medicine with pre hospital medicine for the last 10 years, working for the West Midlands CARE Team in the Midlands. In 2017 she successful passed the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care at the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) and was subsequently elected to be the nurse representative on the Faculty of Pre Hospital Care. ​ Her main interests are resuscitation, trauma, human factors and how we maintain excellent patient care in increasingly difficult circumstances. She longs for a day when she doesn’t have an essay to write and when she can actually get a dog! ​ This site was the result of an idea that transpired into a maybe, then into a twitter chat and then finally became reality, and Ash hopes this will be a one stop shop for all ED staff.
Kirsty

Kirsty’s day job is as an EM consultant & research lead at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. She took a very scenic route through EM training, acquiring an MRes (Public Health) with an interest in major incident triage, a PhD in Health Services Research and a couple of kids along the way. She persists in finding spreadsheets interesting and strongly believes that emergency nurses should have access to the same quality of #FOANEd as the docs. ​ ​ Kirsty will be contributing to all sections of the website as well as bringing her experience as an ED doctor and Consultant to the website ensuring the content is off benefit to the whole ED team.
Holly

Holly qualified as a nurse in February 2005 and worked in a variety of ward settings including medical assessment. The sickest patients requiring outreach services or awaiting critical care beds proved the most challenging but rewarding patients on the MAU for Holly. It was this patient group that pushed her into a critical care career and she currently works on the general critical care unit of a busy teaching hospital. ​ With plenty of experience of transferring critically unwell patients by air and land, Holly has a special interest in providing both medical and nursing staff with the skills they need to implement safe patient transfer. ​ Having completed a course in clinical governance, Hollys enthusiasm for patient safety grows and she hopes to complete masters level study in this area in the near future. ​ Holly is always diversifying her education skills but up until now, social media has mostly passed her by; until recently she had only 4 Twitter followers and didn't know how to tweet so wish her luck in her blogging adventures...
Liz

Liz is currently a Nurse Clinician in Emergency Medicine in Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Her career began when she joined St John Ambulance Cadets at the age of 13. She moved to Liverpool to complete her nurse training, and after a brief foray into theatres she found her love of Emergency Medicine. She returned to Lancashire and to SJA to teach young people, then woke up one day as the lead nurse for the whole north of England and still isn’t quite sure how it happened. This role developed her passion for leadership and education and, along with undertaking clinical lead roles at a number of large events, gave her the opportunity to help write national policies for preceptorship and the support of student health care professionals. Liz completed her Nurse Practitioner degree whilst working as a Sister in Urgent Care, and has since worked in Primary Care and as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner before commencing her current role. She is currently a member of the ATACC faculty, involved in simulation training for Emergency Medicine trainees, and developing training plans for new ACPs. Liz is studying for an MSc in Emergency Medicine, and spends her free time split 50/50 between plotting world domination and complaining how tired she is. ​ Liz will contributing to all sections of the website especially the blog and podcast areas and will bring some of her awesome blogging skills with her.
Kirsten

Kirsten graduated from Manchester Medical School in 2008, completing a PGCert in Leadership and Management (Healthcare) during FY2. After ACCS she took two years out to pursue her interest in medical education and simulation, returning to full time training in 2015 and completing her MSc (MedEd) in 2016. Kirsten currently sits on the ASPiH (Association for Simulation Practice in Healthcare) Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group. Kirsten is passionate about improving training in Emergency Medicine and has developed simulation courses for EM trainees and ran the simulation competition at the RCEM conference in 2015. She continues to deliver regular simulation based education, both in the sim lab and on the shop floor, for multidisciplinary teams as well as single groups of learners. ​ Kirsty will be overseeing all content to ensure we are bring you the very best and up to date education.
Moya

Moya is currently the head of professional & practice development at Northampton General Hospital. Prior to this Moya has always been an emergency nurse. She has over 20 years emergency nursing experience starting as a nursing auxiliary back in 1998. Her experience ranges across 4 acute hospital trusts, she started down in sunny Hastings and been working her way north ever since. Her experience includes King's College Hospital, a major trauma centre in London. It is here where her practice development career started, it's a truly inspirational department with a huge focus on education. Northampton ED was the next stop and truly embraced practice development, it also has a fantastic education service. ​ Moya has had a career long interest in education, she believes that it is integral to excellent patient care and nursing practice. She believes that if you invest time and education in nurses they will flourish and the dividends will pay tenfold. Moya holds instructor status in ALS, GIC and ATNC. She is currently studying at King's College London doing a PG Cert in Medical Education. ​ Moya is utterly passionate about bringing everyone together, simulation is an excellent example of how we do this well but she believes we can do this better across specialities and professions. EDeducate is an awesome way to start bridging between us all.
Harmony

Harmony is an EM nurse and a trainee EM ACP. She qualified in 2002 (not a typo) and came to Casualty early on in her career, starting at a minor injuries unit, moving onwards and upwards to a DGH at the time when rebranding to A & E was happening (yes again not a typo) to now the next generation of the ED and an MTC. She is a very proud serving member of the Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service (PMRAFNS) and has a keen interest in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine, Education and Non-Technical Skills. Outside of work she spends most of her time studying but does occasionally try to relax with yoga and managing a rather complex and demanding cat who is trying to take over the World! Favourite phrase: “I don’t know” are the 3 most important words in medical education (Pencheon, 2003). Use them often (Slade, 2017). ​ Harmony will be contributing to all parts of the website including blogs and podcasts but she is also keen to create some super infographics (she doesn't know this yet but trust me she is literally a coiled spring with this).
Mark

Mark works in the Emergency Department at Hinchingbrooke as an Advanced clinical Practitioner, having recently departed the Royal London Hospital ED. He is Passionate about education, elderly care in the ED, human factors and enjoys a bit of POCUS (Point of Care Ultrasound). Aside from work Mark is a husband and father who enjoy’s spending time with his family and being outdoors….but also enjoys a quiet pint in a pub on Sundays with a good paper. He is Looking forward to being involved with developing content on this site.
Connor

Connor is an Emergency Care Nurse in a busy South London A&E; working predominantly in the resuscitation room. His main clinical interests include sports trauma and critical care beyond the ICU. He has also spent time volunteering in prehospital environments with organisations such as St John’s Ambulance in an event nursing capacity. With a background in both Emergency and the ICU, Connor hopes to share some insight and dispel the myth that nurses have to pick between the two! Though currently completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Emergency Practice, Connor is looking forward to chasing odd-shaped balls up and down a pitch and watching for concussion - rugby!