Bernie has 40 years of nursing experience. She holds a certificate in Community Nursing for People with Intellectual Disabilities (ENB 806), and has worked with children, adults and their families as a community nurse in the East end of London for nearly a decade, assisting them to undertake medical and clinical complex tasks in their own home. She was a Director of Nursing for over 7 years, in a large residential, respite and day centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities and a Nursing Home for Older People. She has a dual qualification in Nursing, RGN (Registered General Nursing) and RNID (Registered Nurse in Intellectual Disability.) She also successfully holds a Diploma in Management and Industrial Relations awarded by the National College of Ireland. Bernie has been involved in staff training since the early eighties, in clinical and classroom settings. She has a strong managerial background, with emphasis on effective management, team-building and leadership skills. She is innovative, resourceful and creative with a talent for managing complex negotiations and situations. Bernie has a deep commitment to enhancing the quality of life of life for people with disabilities. Her experience of working in Ireland and England enables her to embrace diversity and has given her an acute appreciation for equal opportunities.
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