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A day in the life of… Maria Fitzpatrick


This week we’re celebrating the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses’ Neuroscience Nurses Week by highlighting the impacts of neuroscience nursing care across neurology. We explore what a typical (or not so typical!) day is and the diversity of roles within neuroscience nursing, as well as finding out more about the best, worst and strangest parts of the job.

In this article we talk to Maria Fitzpatrick, Consultant Nurse in Stroke Management at the Kings College NHS Foundation Trust (London, UK) and Pan-London Representative for the Stroke Clinical Strategic Network.

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Name and Title:

Maria Fitzpatrick
Consultant Nurse Stroke Management, Governance Lead
Kings College NHS Foundation Trust: Denmark Hill (London, UK) and Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH; Farnborough, UK) sites
Pan-London Representative for the Stroke Clinical Strategic Network


Maria qualified as a nurse in 1984 and has worked in a variety of acute medical and surgical neuroscience specialities including Intensive Therapy Unit and rehabilitation. Maria is currently lead nurse for Hyper Acute Stroke Care for South East London, and is the Pan-London Nurse Representative for the Stroke Clinical Strategic Network. Maria’s role is strongly embedded in governance and risk reduction strategies. She is also on the Editorial Board for the British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, and lectures at Kings College London and Southbank University (both London, UK).

My alarm goes off…

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