I commenced employment in QMU in 2005 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in August 2013. I have undertaken a number of leadership roles within the department including programme leadership for the BSc Hons Nursing programme and Graduate Diploma in Nursing. I am the Nursing and Midwifery Council named contact involving provision of professional direction of programmes, and maintenance and enhancement of programme quality assurance. I have expertise in curriculum development and quality enhancement. In furtherance of this interest I undertook NMC preparation to become a reviewer and have participated in the periodic review of approved courses. In 2013-14 I chaired a national working group on planning the continued delivery of dynamic pre–registration nurse education as part of one of the six strategic aims of Setting the Direction.
My clinical interests are diverse. I am passionate about the early recognition and management of clinical deterioration. This stems from a clinical career in acute and critical care. I currently volunteer as a cookery tutor with Cyrenians - a third sector organisation on their Good Food programme. The Good Food Programme supports people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. In this programme people are supported to gain independent living skills around basic cooking and menu planning & budgeting with a focus on basic nutrition and the practical application of public health messages.
Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:
- Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
- Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
In line with the QMU Division of Nursing Strategy I have focused my research efforts on topics identified as priority nursing research activities: Support for older people and those with long term conditions. Also in furtherance of academic scholarship and preparation for core teaching for BSc Hons Nursing programme I have published on the topic of acute surgery and presented at national and international conferences on interprofessional education, clinical simulation and supporting student transition to university.
I have previously completed an exploratory study as part of a taught MSc programme entitled: ‘Role expansion in a Surgical High Dependency Unit: an exploratory study to analyse general nurses’ thoughts and reasons underlying their practice.’ This study used a Critical Social Theory methodology to examine the reasoning that underlay critical care nurses adoption of expanded roles. Funding was awarded from The Band Trust Research Scholarship, The Florence Nightingale Foundation.
I am currently a reviewer for Nurse Education Today.
Active Research Interests:
- Clinical Simulation
- Student transitions
- Care of older people in acute care settings
- University engagement with third sector organisations.
- Qualitative research
- Clinical Social theory
Santander Community Fund - Wise Up About Dementia, July 2016
I teach across the division of nursing and contribute to the BSc Honours undergraduate programme (adult field), MSc in Person Centred Practice and MSc In Professional and Higher Education (leading to NMC Teacher qualification), using a variety of teaching and learning strategies including group work, lectures and clinical supervision. I have an interest in clinical simulation and medical emergencies in order to better equip nursing students to recognise and manage the deteriorating patient.