I have been a registered nurse since 1986, initially qualifying and practicing as a registered general nurse specialising in orthopaedic and trauma nursing. I changed direction in 1996 when through reorganisation of the unit I moved initially to the Neonatal unit and then to the children’s surgical unit, undertaking a conversion course in 1999 to become a registered sick children’s nurse. I became involved in teaching primarily in the clinical setting as a practice and professional development Sister before taking a temporary post at the University of Bradford 11 years ago. I have developed my role at the University teaching not only children’s nurses but across the pre and post registration programme for all fields. I have recently taken the role of joint programme leader for the development of the 2017 programme.