Liz qualified as a Registered Children's Nurse in 2007 and has worked as a children's cancer nurse in a variety of Principal Treatment Centres in the UK.
Underpinning Liz's nursing practice is a keen interest in education - this stems from studying an undergraduate degree in Music and Education Studies. She has been lecturing at Oxford Brookes University since 2013 and has also worked in clinical education roles.As well as teaching on a number of pre-registration modules she is the Placement Lead for Children's Nursing. In 2019 Liz commenced her MPhil / PhD as a part-time student at Oxford Brookes University.
Areas of expertise
- Children's Cancer Nursing
- Legal and Ethical concepts in Children's Nursing
- Nursing Education (particularly practice education).
As placement lead Liz is a member of the Oxford Brookes University Practice Education Group and the Placement and Capacity Management Group.
Teaching and supervision
- Nursing Children with Complex Care Needs
- Clinical Practice Experience Modules
- Consolidation of Children's Nursing Practice
- Children's Nursing (pre-registration)
- Children's and Mental Health Nursing (pre-registration)
- Placement Lead for Children’s Nursing
- Link Lecturer
- Academic Adviser
- Dissertation Supervisor
- BSc Dissertation Supervisor (Children's Nursing)
- MSci Dissertation Supervisor (Children's & Mental Health Nursing)
With a clinical nursing backgroung in children's cancer care, Liz's research is mainly focused in this area. Her MSc primary research project explored nurses' preparedness to care for children with cancer following their pre-registration nurse education.
Liz's PhD research is exploring parents' experiences of being supported by significant others when they are faced with making decisions about their child's cancer care. This is a phenomenological study and aims to explore who parents perceive to be their "significant others" and how the role of this social network may evolve during the child's cancer journey. By furthering understanding about parents' experiences it is anticipated that interventions or changes to practice will be considered by Health Care Professionals in order to enhance the support from significant others, and thus improve the experience of parental decision-making.
Research group membership
Children and Families Research Group
Research grants and awards
Oxford Brookes University Team Teaching Fellowship (2014 - 2016): Enhancing disciplinary focused transition practice in children's nursing students
- 2014 - 2015 MSc: To what extent do qualified nurses perceive that their pre-registration nursing education prepares them to care for children with cancer?
- 2014 - 2016 Children's Nursing Team Fellowship: Enhancing disciplinary focused transition practice in children's nursing students
- 2019 (ongoing) MPhil / PhD: What are parents' experiences of being supported by significant others, when faced with making decisions about their child's cancer care?
Jestico ECL, Schutz SE, Finlay TMD, Appleton JV, 'How "significant others" may support parents with decision-making about their child's cancer care: An integrative literature review'
Journal of Clinical Nursing Online first (2022)
ISSN: 0962-1067 eISSN: 1365-2702Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Pope D, Jestico E, 'Effects of surviving cancer in childhood on young people’s social interactions: a literature review'
Cancer Nursing Practice Online first (2021)
ISSN: 1475-4266 eISSN: 2047-8933Abstract Published here
Jestico E, Finlay T, '"A stressful and frightening experience": Children's nurses' perceived readiness to care for children with cancer following their pre-registration nurse education: a qualitative study.'
Nurse Education Today 48 (2017) pp.62-66
ISSN: 0260-6917 eISSN: 1532-2793Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Jestico E, Finlay T, '"A stressful and frightening experience"? : children's nurses' perceived readiness to care for children with cancer following pre-registration nurse education : a qualitative study'
Nurse Education Today 48 (2016) pp.62-66
ISSN: 0260-6917Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Memberships of professional bodies
- Oxford Brookes Teaching and Learning Conference, April 2015: “Peer mentoring in disciplinary focused transition: A partnership approach”
- Higher Education Academy Health & Social Care, February 2016: “Supporting disciplinary focused academic and professional transition through student peer teaching”
- Royal College of Nursing International Research Conference, September 2021: "The ecomap: a tool to navigate nursing research"
- Clinical Practice Educator (Band 7): Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
- Senior Staff Nurse, Children's Cancer Day Care (Band 6): Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
- Student Practice Facilitator (Band 6): Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
- Staff Nurse, Children's Cancer Ward (Band 5): Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
- Staff Nurse, Children's Cancer Ward (Band 5): Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
Press, publicity and reviews
In 2017, Liz was a finalist at the Student Nursing Times Awards for the category of "Return to Practice Course of the Year".