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Alex Woodruff, RN MSN CCRN


My expertise is in Pediatric Critical Care - both PICU and Congenital Cardiac ICU. I provide care for the most critically ill children and I am a strong believer in family centered care. I have worked in this field for 19 years in the UK and the USA. Prior to ICU work I staffed in pediatric orthopedics, spinal surgery and general surgery. I am happy to answer questions pertaining to any area of pediatric nursing. I will also answer questions about nursing in the USA (as a foreign nurse) and will happily give readers the perspective of a male nurse in a predominantly female workplace.

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I have worked in pediatrics for the last 19 years. I have a strong intensive care background and a large amount of experience as a member of a Pediatric Retrieval (Transport) Team, an in-house rapid response team, a Clinical Lead/Charge Nurse and a pediatric CVVH practitioner. I value mentoring and preceptorship and am active in this area. I can offer the viewpoint of a nurse who has travelled internationally with my career. I am currently a clinical manager for a pediatric CVICU and a cardiac intermediate care unit.


Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses


MSN with Specific Focus on Systems Leadership (Grand Canyon University), BSc Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing (London South Bank University), Dip HE Paediatric Nursing (London South Bank University), ENB 415 - Paediatric Critical Care, Renal Replacement Therapy Course (London South Bank), Paediatric Emergency Transport (London South Bank). Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) - American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) - American Heart Association CCRN (Pediatric) Certification - American Association of Critical Care Nurses

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Sigma Theta Tau

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2016-11-29 uk - us education process:

Hi Claire,    I took a look at the California State Board of Nursing website and searched the terms "international nurse". The information I read does not stipulate 2 years from what I can see. It does

2016-11-25 uk - us education process:

Hello,    I am happy to answer your questions for you.    Firstly, yes - sometimes it is quicker to obtain your first license in another state. This is exactly what I did when I came to the US. Once you

2016-11-22 Return to nursing:

Hi Bree,    Thank you for sending this question my way. I will be happy to answer, though I do preface my response with the caution that I can only provide my own thoughts as a hiring manager; which may

2016-10-04 uk - us education process:

Hi Claire,    Unfortunately this question is outside of my experience. Although you are going through nurse training, the question is really about UK to US educational transfers. I have experience when

2013-01-16 NEW NURSE JOB:

Hi Kike,    Thanks for addressing this question to me.    Here in the US most jobs are advertized through the hospitals own website, unless you want to work as a travel nurse... in which case you need


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