Sharlene qualified as a registered adult nurse in 1996 after completing her nursing degree at Newcastle. She had an initial varied career consolidating her nurse training in medical acute settings and respiratory high dependency and rehabilitation. These roles provided a sound foundation in general nursing needed to allow her to focus on specialising in neurology rehabilitation nursing, which she has found both challenging and rewarding throughout her ongoing career.
Sharlene developed her role as a rehabilitation nurse on the Neurology Rehabilitation Centre at Pinderfields Hospital. She became an established and experienced member of staff being promoted to band 6 then covering as band 7 Ward Sister during a turbulent time of change for the ward and hospital. The 13 years on the NRC developed her respect and understanding of all the roles in the multidisciplinary team and how important they all are in achieving the best possible outcomes for her patients. She developed her communication skills due to the diverse range of patients she nursed over the years.
Sharlene was excited to accept the challenge of developing a new role of Hospital Coordinator that would support patients and families with newly acquired brain injuries in local hospitals for Second chance Headway. From there her role developed and changed becoming the clinical lead of the charity with a focus of supporting a small dedicated team that can help in empowering those whose lives have been affected by brain injury.
Throughout her career she has attended mandatory training and specialist seminars. She follows various forums and attends local neurology networking groups. She continues to share good practice and work closely with other health care professionals to gain the best for her patients. Despite her 17 years of experience in neurology rehabilitation she continues to learn and develop in an area that continues to be challenging and very rewarding.