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I am a registered nurse and senior lecturer, combining experience across clinical practice, education, quality improvement and research. I have a BSc (Hons) in Nursing, and a master’s degree in Neuroscience from Kings College London. I gained a postgraduate certificate in interprofessional education and a Doctorate from London South Bank University. I joined the School of Health and Social Care in 2005, teaching neuroscience care to health care professionals at undergraduate and post-graduate level. I am the course director of the BSc and MSc post-graduate professional courses in neuroscience nursing.
My research interests are in acquired brain injury. My masters research project examined a surrogate marker S-100 after stroke
My doctorate study title was: “The perceived, actual and predicted 6-month functional outcome of adult patients following spontaneous acute intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) treated in a neurocritical care setting”. This is the first study to be conducted within the UK that investigates 6-month functional outcome after ICH from multiple perspectives including an observational cohort study and qualitative interviews of staff members.
This study enabled me to explore intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) patient outcome after critical care not just in relation to patient outcomes but also seeking to understand the perspectives of nurses, and doctors, caring for patients with ICH. I identified that there was a risk of clinical pessimism about ICH that could lead to life-limiting clinical decisions being made for patients who required critical care treatment. Two phases of my study have been published in high-ranking international journals (Neurocritical Care and Journal of the Neurological Sciences). Both papers were rated as having 3* International Relevance in the REF2021 assessment. My study identified the need for standardised clinical pathways that help avoid overly-pessimistic views that may lead to less aggressive supportive care. A standardised approach to best treatment practices would also help provide early, comprehensive, organised, and more specialised, quality care to patients following ICH.
To disseminate my findings and support others’ CPD, I attend stroke research groups and multidisciplinary stroke forums presenting my research and discussing implications for nursing and stroke practice.
As part of CPD, I attend clinical practice regularly, staying up-to-date as a neuroscience nurse. This strengthens my teaching and ability to link theory to practice for other nurses.
I am on the editorial board for the British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. I am currently writing a chapter on the management of traumatic brain injury in the Accident and Emergencies: Theory into Practice 4th Edition, published by Elsevier. I have recently been a finalist in the learner of the year category for the nursing times awards 2022.
Nursing (Neuroscience Care) - MSc
London South Bank University
London South Bank University
Teaching and assessing nurses in neurocritical care
I am on the editorial board for a nursing journal for neuroscience nurses
Prizes, awards, and accolades
Finalist of nursing times awards (May 2022)
Nursing times awards
Evidence to public body
Finalist for the nursing times awards 2022 for learner of the year.
Acute spontaneous intracerebral haemorrhage: current treatment and management .
Mclernon, S., Nash, P. and Werring, D. (2022). Acute spontaneous intracerebral haemorrhage: current treatment and management . British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing . 18 (3), pp. 116-124. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjnn.2022.18.3.116
Clinicians' Perceptions of the Appropriateness of Neurocritical Care for Patients with Spontaneous Intracerebral Hemorrhage (ICH): A Qualitative Study.
Mclernon, S., Werring, David and Terry, Louise (2020). Clinicians' Perceptions of the Appropriateness of Neurocritical Care for Patients with Spontaneous Intracerebral Hemorrhage (ICH): A Qualitative Study. Neurocritical Care. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12028-020-01145-5
Association between critical care admission and 6-month functional outcome after spontaneous intracerebral haemorrhage
Mclernon, S., Schwarz, G, Wilson, D, Ambler, G, Goodwin, R, Shakeshaft, C, Cohen, H, Yousry, T, Salman, RA, Lip, GYH, Houlden, H, Brown, MM, Muir, KW, Jäger, HR, Terry, L and Werring, DJ (2020). Association between critical care admission and 6-month functional outcome after spontaneous intracerebral haemorrhage. Journal of the Neurological Sciences. 418, p. 117141. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jns.2020.117141