Name: Desley Johnston
Job title: Clinical Nurse Specialist - Tissue Viability
Employer: MidCentral District Health Board
Professional Qualifications: Masters of Nursing - Clinical
Contact details: Palmerston North hospital, Private Bag 11036, Manawatu Mail centre, OR Ruahine Street, Palmerston North, 4442, Manawatu, NZ
Bio: I am a Clinical Nurse Specialist at MDHB, leading the Tissue Viability (Wound) Service team, promoting healing, self-management and improving quality of life for patients with wounds, and reducing treatment-related skin damage. I work across the primary and secondary care populations, including inpatients, outpatient clinics, community patients and those residing in aged care facilities. I am passionate about education, both for patients and healthcare professionals. My philisophy of nursing incorporates accompanying patients along their journey, delivering care at levels required to enhance patient well-being and to enable self-care and independence.