Ismalia de Sousa, MSc RN – EU nurse from Portugal, currently a Doctoral Student at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Registered Nurse with 10 years experienced in Stroke and Neurosciences in the United Kingdom. Skilled in nursing education, leadership, service development, audit and research.

About this site

This site was created in 2016 as a space for personal and professional development for the editor, other nurses and student nurses. It is a space to showcase opinions, skills and experiences whilst sparking new others; and create professional networks.

About Ismalia de Sousa

Ismalia qualified as a general registered nurse in Portugal in 2009, after completing a four-year BSc in General Nursing at Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa, including a three month clinical placement in Helsinki (Finland) as part of the ERASMUS program.

In 2009, she moved to London and started working as a staff nurse in one of the newly set-up Hyper-Acute Stroke Units in London. Her nursing experience also includes Acute Stroke units, medical and surgical nursing.

In 2013, Ismalia became a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in stroke at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. She completed an MSc in Neuroscience Care Advanced Practice at King’s College London.

In her 6 years as a CNS in stroke, she was involved in developing the emergency stroke pathway in the trust, including thrombolysis and thrombectomy. Her role also included the advanced assessesment and education of patients with a potential or confirmed diagnosis of stroke or TIA; service development, quality improvement, audit and benchmarking. Ismalia led the stroke specific workforce education and development of nurses across the service, whilst also overseeing the monthly stroke support group and stroke programs for patients, families and carers.

From 2015 until recently, Ismalia was a steering committee member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Neuroscience Forum. She represented stroke nursing in the National Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party group and co-chaired the National Senior Nurse Thrombectomy group. At present, she is leading  the development of a UK Career Framework for Stroke Nurses funded by the RCN.

Ismalia is a published author and a peer-reviewer. She is a member of the editorial board of the British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing and its Stroke Supplement editorial board too. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

In August 2019, she enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy Programme at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Ismalia offers a range of services including:

  • Events coverage (keynote speech, masterclass, workshops, conferences, etc)
  • Freelance writing
  • Media interviews
  • Consultancy
  • Professional mentorship
  • Public Speaking

Contact Ismalia directly.

© Ismalia de Sousa, 2019