About me

“Sit at the table” (Sheryl Sandberg)

Ismalia de Sousa – EU trained nurse from Portugal, stroke specialist nurse, twitterati and classic feminist. Thinks first, speaks later!

I qualified as a registered nurse in Portugal in 2009, after completing a four-year BSc in Nursing at Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa, covering mental health nursing, adult and elderly and community nursing. My children and young adults and midwifery placements took place in Helsinki (Finland) as part of the ERASMUS program.

In 2009, I moved to London and started working as a staff nurse in one of the newly developed Hyper-Acute Stroke Units in London. My nursing experience also includes Acute Stroke units, medical and surgical wards.

In the last 3 years I became a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in stroke at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and at the end of 2015, I completed a MSc in Neuroscience Care Advanced Practice at King’s College London, while also piloting a nurse-led prevention clinic for stroke patients discharged home from the units.

In my current role, I’m a change agent/team leader and I’m involved in developing the emergency stroke pathway in the trust, including thrombolysis and thrombectomy pathway. In the last 3 years, I have also redesigned how secondary stroke prevention education and information is provided to patients and families. As a CNS in stroke, I’m involved in the educational development of nurses, in research and practice and quality improvement across the stroke service. I lead and run the monthly stroke support group and stroke programmes in the hospital.

To improve patient care and raise the profile of stroke nurses across the country, I joined the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Neuroscience Forum Steering committee group in December 2015. More recently, I became a member of the editorial board of the British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing and a member of the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party group. 

My website and blog are personal and don’t reflect the views of my employer or any other organisations I’m affiliated with. 

If you are interested in speaking to me about projects or just to network, I would be very happy to talk to you. 

 © Ismalia de Sousa, 2017