‘My life in nursing’

Professor Sheila McQueen in the University of Sunderland's Living Labs

Published on 14 February 2018

One of the region’s leading nurse practitioners will give a talk on a career she describes as ‘the best in the world’ and her own journey to continually improve the profession.

Over the last 37 years Sheila McQueen has practised as a Registered General Nurse and Sick Children’s Nurse, before moving into academia in 2002. She has been in her current role as Professor of Nursing and Continuing Professional Education at the University of Sunderland since 2016.

Her talk: Practising as a Professional and Feeling and Acting like a Nurse: my personal reflections and narratives on a career in nursing, reflects on her personal experiences as well as her thoughts around supporting and improving the service and care environments.

She says: “Nursing is the best career in the world, I have had the best experiences. I am privileged to have cared for people and families, and have worked with wonderful role models - some of these experiences are now wonderful memories, which I would like to share in this lecture.”

She added: “Professionalism means something to all of us that work as a nurse. Being an inspiring role model, working in the best interests of people in my care, regardless of any position I have held and wherever I practise, is what surely brings practice and professional behaviour together in nursing. I am an ordinary nurse who has been fortunate to have an extraordinary experience.”

In this lecture, Prof McQueen will discuss with the audience what it means to be a nurse, illustrated with personal experiences.

Part of the University’s Professional Lecture Series, Professor McQueen’s talk takes place on Thursday, February 15, at the Prospect Building, room 007, the Sir Tom Cowie Campus,at St Peter’s.

Registration and refreshments will take place at 5.30pm and the lecture will run from 6pm to 7pm.

The event is free, however, places must be booked. Register your place online.