I am a registered nurse with a background in philosophy. I completed my Master’s degree in Nursing at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and a PhD in Philosophy at University of Bologna (Italy).
I became a Lecturer at Queen Margaret University in 2012 following two years working in the Nursing Division at QMU as Research Assistant for the Lydia Osteoporosis Project. Prior to that I worked seven years as a nurse in a variety of clinical areas in the UK.
I have been Programme Leader of the MSc Nursing programme at Queen Margaret University for two years and contributed to the teaching of modules, mostly at post-graduate level, with some input at undergraduate level.
I currently co-ordinate the Theory and Practice of Person-centred Health and Social Care module, one of the core modules of the new MSc in Person-centred Practice Framework. I am particularly interested in the philosophical underpinnings of person-centred care and philosophical perspectives on personhood.
I have published in peer reviewed journals both in the areas of philosophy and nursing. The nursing publications mostly relate to phenomenology, the value of people’s narratives in healthcare practice, the therapeutic relationship and the care of older people with osteoporosis.
Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:
- Member of Theta Sigma Tau International (STTI) QMU Edinburgh Honor Society
Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:
My specific research interests include the following areas:
- Person-centred care and person-centred approaches to teaching and learning
- Relational aspects of care and nurses’ communication with chronically ill patients
- Care of older people, particularly the moving and handling needs of older people with osteoporosis while in hospital
- Descriptive qualitative
Over the years I have contributed to the facilitation of modules mostly at post-graduate level: Evidence-based Health and Social Care, Independent Study and MSc Nursing Dissertation, with some input at undergraduate level on related topics. I currently co-ordinate the Theory and Practice of Person-centred Health and Social Care module, one of the core modules of the new MSc in Person-centred Practice Framework.
Best Oral Presentation, with Professor Brandan McCormack and Professor Jan Dewing, at the STTI European Conference 2016.