Senior Research Nurse
Alison moved to the big City of Edinburgh, from rural Perthshire, at the grand age of 17 to begin her nursing studies. She then graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2000 with a 2:1 honours degree – all set to conquer the (nursing) world.
Her career began in respiratory medicine, where she spent an enjoyable 4 years consolidating her training and love for nursing. Always after excitement and a fast-paced working environment, Alison was intrigued by the work of the Emergency Department. She moved to the ED as a staff nurse in 2004, and before too long was promoted to deputy charge nurse. Alison says “It is addictive working in the ED: it becomes a part of you and the loyalty you feel to your colleagues and patients is immeasurable. And so it was with mixed emotions that (after 9 years in a role I loved) I decided I was ready for a change and a new challenge, Research nursing here I come!”
While change was afoot, Alison was delighted to not be going far and has witnessed numerous changes over the years in the ED. Her hope now is that, with her clinical experience and questioning approach to nursing and emergency care, she can be a part of the bigger medical and nursing picture and contribute in a different way. Her hope is to bring nurse-led projects to the department and bring the clinical and research teams closer together.
Out of work, Alison spends time running around after a very active 4 year old and running an Airbnb on the Royal Mile. If she ever gets some down-time then she would like to be on a paddle board or a set of skiis!