Department:School of Nursing & Midwifery
Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery
Marilena is a nurse specialised in orthopaedic, trauma and general surgical nursing.
Her MSc focused on how the role of student education facilitator as educational support role can be developed from mentors perspectives. Her areas of expertise include pre-registration nursing (both practice and theory) and personal tutor and module leader for apprenticeship and foundation degree student associate practitioner course.
Before joining Anglia Ruskin University, Marilena worked for 4 years at Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Workforce Development and Training Department as student education facilitator (SEF) supporting students and mentors in practice placements, as well facilitating a range of workshops to upskill the workforce. Whilst in this role as SEF worked in partnership with seven UK universities ensuring student nurses experience is of highest standards of clinical training within clinical placement community based and in-patient settings. This included in participating to auditing of clinical placements as suitable clinical learning environment and providing support to qualified nurses when training to become mentors and sign off mentor.
Marilena also has assisted with healthcare social workers bands 1 to 4 development by providing care certificate workshops. As module tutor participated to course development, academic assessment and learning and teaching activities as part of foundation degree in Health and Social Care. Marilena as module leader has delivered all five modules and clinical skills workbook for the higher apprenticeship. From 1999, prior to SEF role, Marilena worked as Registered General Nurse (adult) in several wards such as: urology, medicine for elderly, surgical assessment unit, medical assessment unit, accident & emergency, elective orthopaedic and trauma. During this period Marilena has mentored a number of pre-registration nursing students as mentor and as sign off mentor.
Marilena has undertaken a literature review of the role of orthopaedic nurse in the prophylaxis and management of venous thromboembolism for patient post total hip replacement and post total knee replacement. Marilena has completed a service evaluation analysing the role of the student education facilitator as support and guidance for mentors in clinical areas.
Marilena would be pleased to consider supervising pre-registration student nurses undertaking degree or masters with the following research interests/topics: