Spire Leeds Hospital’s Orthopaedic Specialist Nurse, Janine Connor, has been selected to give a presentation at the prestigious RCN Orthopaedic Conference in September.
Janine, who joined Spire Leeds Hospital in April 2010, was invited to talk at the International Conference after she submitted an abstract titled ‘Dispelling the Myths, Parting the Mists’. Joining a line up of innovative and influential speakers, Janine hopes her presentation will give delegates an insight into the role of the orthopaedic specialist nurse in private healthcare.
“Many people do not fully understand the difference between the nursing role in the private sector and the NHS,” said Janine. “I intend, through my presentation, to provide a better understanding of private versus NHS care and hopefully dispel some of the myths.”
The annual event is organised by the Society of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nurses (SOTN), which is part of the Royal College of Nursing. The venue this year is the Glasgow Marriot Hotel. The theme of the Conference is ‘Developing the Natural Talents of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nurses’. During her 30 minute presentation to an audience made up of a group of the UK’s leading orthopaedic and trauma nurses, Janine will draw on her extensive experience to deliver an overview of the nursing role in private healthcare. She will compare the elective orthopaedic ‘patient’s journey’ in private healthcare and how this differs from the journey they would have in the NHS.
Janine has 22 years experience in the nursing profession. After qualifying in 1991 she worked on surgical wards, in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and Post Anaesthetic Care. She completed an Orthopaedic course in 2001 then worked in the role of Senior Staff Nurse and subsequently Sister on elective and trauma at an NHS hospital before switching to private healthcare. “I made the move into private healthcare to enable me to give care in a more compassionate way, allowing enough time for each patient and giving us both a more positive outcome.
“Before working in my present role I really did not have a practical insight into how private healthcare was delivered,” said Janine, who lives in Leeds. “These reasons made me think that perhaps the majority of nurses whose careers have not taken them outside the NHS may also have a ‘misty’ view of how things work.”
“I’m delighted to have been chosen to give a presentation at this important conference,” added Janine. “As part of my role involves working as Moving and Handling Facilitator I teach staff all the time, so speaking in front of peers shouldn’t be an issue, even though it’s scheduled for Friday 13th! However, I am spending a significant amount of time fine tuning my presentation to ensure I’m well prepared and all goes smoothly on the day.”