Anita is a registered adult and children’s nurse and qualified as a children’s advanced nurse practitioner and independent prescriber. Anita’s varied clinical experience is mostly within paediatrics. She joined ARU in July 2022 as a senior lecturer in pre- registration children’s nursing.
Anita qualified as a registered general nurse in 1993 from Anglia Polytechnic University and gained clinical experience in adult general medicine, infectious diseases and tropical medicine. She trained as a children’s nurse in 1996 at Great Ormond Street hospital and went on to specialise in paediatric nephro-urology completing the ENB course in this speciality. Anita spent some time nursing overseas as a volunteer nurse in India and worked in Saudi Arabia as a clinical resource nurse/practice educator in paediatrics. Anita returned to the UK to become a community children’s nurse, she completed her degree in community children’s nursing and enjoyed 11 years working as a CCN and during this time started an MSc in children’s advanced nursing practice which she completed in 2019.
Anita found working with children and young people with chronic illness very rewarding and went on become a clinical nurse specialist in children’s diabetes in 2015, she has completed an MSc module in managing diabetes in children at Leicester university. Anita particularly enjoyed training and educating children, families and professionals about managing diabetes and enjoyed supporting and developing junior colleagues and students. This led to an interest in nurse education and her joining ARU in 2022.
Protective factors that contribute to positive health and quality of life outcomes for children with chronic illness. This was the subject of master’s dissertation with a specific focus on children with type 1 diabetes.