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Ms Usha Chandran

School: Nursing

Job Title: Lecturer/Practitioner

Email: U.Chandran@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Phone: 02087254334 / 02087250815

Location: Room 50, 2nd floor Grosvenor Wing & Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, 1st floor Lanesborough Wing, SGH

Biography

Usha is a registered adult, child and mental health nurse, with MSc qualifications in adult critical care nursing as well as health and disease.

She started her teaching career as a mental health nursing teacher for pre-registration mental health nursing students. Currently, Usha is a lecturer/practitioner on the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and senior sister on the General (adult) Intensive Care Unit at St George's Hospital. On PICU, Usha is competent in the administration of cancer chemotherapy and is currently undergoing competencies to become an intrathecal cancer chemotherapy second checker. She is responsible for delivering four PICU modules and contributes to teaching 'assessing sick and unwell children' on the Clinical Reasoning in Physical Assessment: Lifespan Perspectives and Physical Assessment for Children modules. She has special interest in immunology, haematology, microbiology and cell biology, expertise in acute and critical care nursing and physical assessment skills (adult and child), as well as teaching anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and critical care nursing (adult and child).

Usha undertook experimental, laboratory-based research as part of her MSc studies. She conducted an experiment to culture different types of fungi on cadavers (pig skin as surrogate for human skin) and explored its growth on this medium. She also practiced basic microbiology and molecular biology techniques as part of this course.

Usha has completed a literature review on adult sedation scoring scales in adult intensive care units and presented this as a poster presentation at the British Association of Critical Care Nurses' international conference. She wrote a business case and SWOT analysis for overnight intensive recovery units as part of her MSc studies. Overnight intensive recovery is a new development in general intensive care.

In her current role, Usha manages team personal development plans for junior staff on the adult (General) Intensive Care and Paediatric Intensive Care Units. She is a member of the Early-goal directed team for high-risk post-operative patients on General intensive care unit. Usha leads nursing educational activities, practice education and development, implementing and managing work-based learning for nurses new to PICUs.

Usha's former experience also includes working as an adult critical care nurse in Australia on a combined cardiac and general intensive care unit. She has also previously worked in a psychodynamic environment for eating disorder patients as a specialist mental health nurse. Usha was a practice development nurse in a nurse-led eating disorder unit which won the Nursing Times/3M award for innovative practice and has presented workshops at major international eating disorder conferences.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • MSc, Health & Disease, Birkbeck College
  • MSc, Adult Critical Care Nursing, Imperial College London
  • PgCert, Education (Adult), University of Surrey

Professional experience

  • 2010 - present
    Lecturer/Practitioner, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, St George's Healthcare NHS Trust
  • 2006 - present
    Senior Sister, General Intensive Care Unit, St George's Healthcare NHS Trust
  • 1994 - 1996
    Practice Development Nurse, Nurse-led Eating Disorder Unit, Springfield Hospital
  • 1986 - 1992
    Nurse Teacher, Wandsworth Health Authority

Professional registration and membership

  • Member, British Association of Critical Care Nursing
  • Member, Paediatric Intensive Care Society (Nursing Education)
  • Member, Royal College of Nursing
  • Registrant, Nursing & Midwifery Council

Research interests

microbiology, sepsis, critical care nursing