60 second interview with... Jim Bethel

As a senior lecturer and advanced nurse practitioner, Jim Bethel combines his clinical and academic roles to improve care in emergency services.

Jim Bethel, 55, has worked in emergency nursing for 30 years. Married with two children and two grandchildren, he is a senior lecturer in emergency care at the University of Wolverhampton and an advanced practitioner in the emergency directorate of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals.

Jim Bethel
Jim Bethel
What are your main work responsibilities?

I lead the BSc (Hons) emergency practitioner award. This enables nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists and pharmacists working in urgent emergency or unscheduled care to manage patient caseloads without mandatory reference to medical staff.

How did you get your job?

It was the first opportunity to get out of a nurse manager role, which I hated. I have always enjoyed teaching and found management frustrating.

Who are your clients/patients?

As a lecturer, undergraduate students on the BSc course. In clinical practice in emergency care, I mostly treat infants, children and young adults with a range of illnesses and traumatic injuries.

What do you love about your job?

The opportunity to share my experiences with my students and facilitate their journey to a more independent role in practice. Making a difference to the experience children have of emergency care, and seeing them smile.

What do you find most difficult?

Failing students, and seeing vulnerable children made unwell by people they should be able to rely on.

What is your top priority at work?

Developing a master's level award in advanced practice and continuing to develop the quality of my own personal practice

How have you developed your skills in this role?

Adapting my teaching style for different students, seeing mistakes as an opportunity and learning from them.

What has been your most formative career experience?

Becoming a nurse practitioner.

What will be your next career move?

I would like to finish my career working with children in an advanced role in emergency care.

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