Tracy Nicholls

Senior Staff Nurse, Auckland City Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand

I started my Radiology experience late 2002 at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in London, UK. A Trust comprising of Three hospitals spread out in Central London. Guys Hospital at London Bridge, St Thomas’ Hospital and Evelina Children Hospital in Westminster. Here I spent six years gaining experience in Interventional Radiology and Paediatric (Cath Lab) procedures.These include but not limited to, scrubbing/assisting in Interventional procedures such as EVARS; CT guided RFA’s; USG/CT biopsies, drainages; ASD/VSD/PFO closures to name a few. As well as a range of other Interventional Radiology procedures. I covered all aspects of the department, from CT, recovery/daystay area, interventional rooms, Paediatric Cardiology Cath lab, MRI, breast clinic, and anywhere else a nurse is required.

As part of the shift from open repair to Endovascular repair of AAA I gained three months Vascular theatre training, and post-operative care experience.

In 2008, a decision to move back to New Zealand and job opportunity saw me move back here where I have been since.

As a senior member of the nursing staff, I continue to use my experience and expanse knowledge of Radiology. I oversee the imprest and consignment stock in the department, and frequent preceptor to new staff in the department.

In 2014 I spent three months sabbatical leave in Flinders Medical Centre Radiology department situated in Adelaide Australia. Here I was able to use my NZ and UK experience to work in a up and coming small but busy Radiology department.

Over the last 10 years I have frequently been involved in LIVE cases and pre-recorded cases for Conferences such as LINC, VIVA, as well as the upcoming APSCVIR.I have been involved in multiple First-in-man trials, as well as improvements and radicalisations in Endovascular procedures and look forward to seeing Interventional Radiology evolve.