Working in a senior nurse position whilst maintaining a keen interest in tissue viability

Welcome to the TVS blog written by Nikki Stubbs, Clinical Pathway Lead, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust

I have been a registered nurse for 33 years, 29 years being spent in community based nursing.

In 1991 I completed my District Nursing course and following that developed a passion for Tissue Viability.

Having worked as a research nurse on a large leg ulcer trial I was lucky enough to gain a Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist post and worked in this speciality for 14 years.

Four years ago our organisation went through a restructure and I was unable to continue working in Tissue Viability but was determined to maintain that interest, to keep my knowledge up to date and to remain an advocate for all things tissue viability when the opportunities arose.

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“It was truly amazing to have been granted the opportunity to attend the conference”

Welcome to the TVS blog written by Jennifer O’Donoghue, Nursing Student at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, who was awarded an educational grant to attend TVS 2019 – The Conference in Southampton.

How much do I really know about tissue viability as a student nurse?

This is the question I asked myself as I prepared for a Uni lecture on the topic. I have come across a few wounds during my placements, but I only really had knowledge on how to care for the wound on a practical level. I didn’t understand the scientific reasoning behind the healing process of wounds and what would inform the decision behind using a particular dressing. I feel that in my early placements I lacked some of the confidence to question this, so I was quite keen to use the opportunity to explore the topic in more depth. (more…)

None of this would have happened without being part of the TVS

Welcome to the TVS blog written by Dr Una Adderley  PhD, RN, DN, QN  – Director – National Wound Care Strategy Programme         

In 2014 I turned up for my first TVS trustee meeting.  At that point I was only there as a co-opted member but despite the meeting being conveniently in my home town (I arrived on my bike!) I was nervous. These were some of the top names in tissue viability and I felt the full impact of ‘imposter syndrome’ as I was squeezed in round the rather tightly packed table.  Five years on, and reluctantly resigning as I move onto pastures new (though still related to tissue viability) I realise how much I have gained from being a TVS trustee.

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Being a member of the TVS is an amazing resource for any practising clinician!

Background

My name is Connie Traynor and I am a Tissue Viability/Plastics Nurse working in the independent sector: BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow.

I have been a nurse for 39 years and a Tissue Viability Nurse for the past 12 years and have therefore seen many changes during this time.

Why join the TVS?

The TVS is an exceptional charity that is passionate about high quality of care keeping the focus on holistic patient centred care managing to concentrate on what matters.  The TVS website tvs.org.uk gives lots of information including how to attend conferences and also information regarding educational grants.

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The challenges of developing a city wide wound formulary

Welcome to the TVS February blog written by Kate Williams, Wound Clinical Nurse Specialist, Leeds Community Wound Prevention & Management Service and TVS Trustee

BACKGROUND

I am one of the Tissue Viability Nurses within Leeds Community Healthcare Trust.  For the first time, thanks to a great team of professionals, we have developed a wound formulary that covers both acute and community.  This blog shares some thoughts on the more human side of selecting wound products for formularies.

INFORMATION, EVIDENCE & RESEARCH

As specialists in wound care, knowledge of dressings is essential. All of us are research aware and some are research active. We all understand the hierarchy of evidence, and we understand that the evidence threshold to be CE marked as a dressing is low. 

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