Nicola is a qualified nurse who has worked in a variety of posts across the country in primary care as both a practice nurse and nurse practitioner. She also spent two years in the United States whilst undertaking her Master’s in Public Health in community health education, and was involved in several national and state level projects including the Youth Risk Behaviour Survey. Nicola’s main interests are in primary care, service improvement, the development of advanced nursing practice and non-medical prescribing.
Since January 2005 Nicola has been involved in a number of projects in non-medical prescribing including: diabetes, dermatology, paediatrics and the development of multi-professional prescribing. The findings from this research have provided support for revised prescribing regulation and assisted service providers to understand how non-medical prescribing can be used in service redesign.