Following working as a Health Visitor for some 11 years, Nicole moved on to work in Ty Hafan Children's Hospice in Sully near Cardiff, which enabled Nicole to utilise her SCPHN skills and experience to be a Family Support Lead.
This role was at management level and included leading a team of 8 diverse practitioners who worked 1:1 with children and families of life-shortened children and young people, to provide them with psychosocial support and reach a significant geographical area covering most of Wales. The whole family of a life-shortened child could access every part of Ty Hafan’s services including complementary therapy, counselling and signposting services and sibling support and play therapy, to name but a few. Whilst there, Nicole worked across multi-disciplinary teams to develop a pathway for children who were at the end of their life unexpectedly in a Paediatric Critical Care Unit, through illness or injury, and for those children who had donated the gift of life by donating their organs/tissue to those in need, to be transferred to the hospice to receive post-death care, which would allow plentiful time to the family and friends to say their goodbyes to the child/young person. To compliment and direct the research team, a team in Yorkshire, who had successfully completed instilling a similar pathway were more than happy to support this collaborative piece of work. This pathway will also ensure that the bereaved families can have access to all services provided by Ty Hafan, for as long as they may need them.
Due to the nature of the pathways developed, being the first to exist in Wales, Nicole, along with a colleague, were nominated for the RCN Wales Nurse of the year award, where they have reached the final and will be attending the presentation evening on the 29th of June 2023 at City Hall in Cardiff…watch this space!
Nicole is looking forward to being involved with the education of our future nursing workforce and sharing her nursing experience, to enhance student nurses learning experience. Nicole is especially looking forward to a two-way teaching ethos, as she supports students in their experiences of nursing in a post-pandemic world.
After 9 years working in PICU, Nicole went back to University at Swansea and completed her Specialist Community Public Health Nursing qualification (SCPHN) in Health Visiting, having trained working in the Grangetown area of Cardiff, which was a recognised population of largely Black & Minority Ethnic (BAME) children and families. Nicole worked across several areas of Wales to include Abertillery, Blaina, Tredegar, Ebbw Vale and Merthyr Tydfil, in the Flying Start WG funded initiative, which entailed working very intensively with families to ensure their children had a ‘Flying Start’ in life with the aim of improving their health outcomes, whilst living in recognised lower super-output areas. Nicole also worked within the generic Health Visiting Service, which generally covered all other locality areas in Wales, that were not considered to be poverty-stricken. Nicole worked as a Health Visitor for some 11 years, until a post became vacant in Ty Hafan Children's Hospice in Sully near Cardiff, which enabled Nicole to utilise her SCPHN skills and experience to be a Family Support Lead. The role of a Health Visitor saw Nicole teach at community level, to a diverse range of service users, to educate and inform them in order they could make changes to their lifestyles and health. The role also required teaching of some college students and to also teach student nurses about the role overall and the part it had to play in overall public health. This current post at Aberystwyth University, is the first teaching role Nicole has formally had and she looks forward greatly to being a small part of teaching the future nursing workforce.
Nicole Crimmings has just joined the Healthcare Education team, as a Healthcare Lecturer. This is the first teaching role that Nicole has undertaken.
Nicole is a registered Paediatric nurse with the NMC, as well as being a registered specialist practitioner in paediatric intensive care and a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visiting), and a nurse prescriber, with a career spanning nearly 30 years. Nicole has joined us after most recently working in Ty Hafan children’s hospice in Sully near Cardiff, as the Family Support Lead. which involved developing and shaping a service that would best support families and carers of life-shortened children and young people, whilst the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly developed.
Nicole’s Paediatric nursing career has seen her work in general Paediatric nursing environments based in Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest upon qualifying, which included medical, surgical, and orthopaedic specialities being catered for, prior to the transfer of Paediatric services to Carmarthen, many years later. Nicole then relocated to the Valleys area of South Wales and worked in another general Paediatric ward in Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, which was split into two sides and included a day assessment unit. It was here that she was promoted to a Grade E staff nurse (equivalent now to a Band 6 role). After more than 2 years working here, Nicole was keen to specialise further, having a good 4 years’ experience under her nursing belt. Nicole was successful in gaining a post in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) which was then based in the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. The PICU unit was a 9 bedded unit and was the regional centre for Wales for PICU services. On this unit, level 1-3 paediatric patients were cared for, which ranged from non-invasive ventilation requirements, increasing to Level 3 patients, who were invasively ventilated and were on inotropic support for their affected circulatory symptoms and High Frequency Oscillation Ventilation and haemofiltration, where the clinical status was extremely critical and would often include multi-organ failure as a result of traumatic injuries or acute & long-term conditions or illnesses. Nicole completed her Specialist Practitioner in PICU degree at University of Central England in Birmingham, and spent months, as part of her degree, at Birmingham Children’s Hospital PICU, which was a far larger unit, specialising in cardiac, liver and burns care.
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