Programme Leader and Lecturer in Nursing and Omega Xi Undergraduate Student Councellor


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Lesley McKinlay (RGN, PGCert Professional and Higher Education, MSc) is a Programme Leader and Lecturer in the Division of Nursing.

I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in Lothian in 1993. My background has been mainly in surgical nursing and the speciality of urology. Most recently, I worked in the Nurse Urology Unit as Deputy Charge Nurse at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh. I have experience working in various different ward areas, specialist urology clinics and a one year secondment in prostate cancer research. My clinical role over the past few years was combined with an educational role within the NHS Lothian education team which included teaching post-registration clinical skills. I completed my post-graduate certificate in professional and higher education and subsequently joined Queen Margaret University part-time in June 2012. My initial role was as an assistant lecturer and this has now become a full time lecturer position.

I continue to work one day per month in the urology unit where I contribute to clinical practice and continue to build links between QMU and NHS Lothian. I am also involved in work with the Prostate Scotland charity and assist in the development and review of information leaflets for patients.

My teaching experience has predominantly been on the skills and practice modules for the undergraduate nursing students and I contribute to other modules within the BSc (Hons) programme. I have also joined a module team at degree and masters level in ‘Making judgements and decisions in practice’.

I have recently taken on the role of Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Nursing programme and look forward to this new challenge at a very exciting time for nursing at QMU and beyond.

My Masters dissertation focused on aspects of skills and simulation learning experiences. I am keen to develop research in this area at QMU and collaboratively with colleagues elsewhere. I am also currently involved in the collection of data from two longitudinal studies intended to develop a person-centred focus within the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of the division.

I am involved in the module co-ordination and teaching of the skills and practice modules for both 1st and 2nd year nurses on the undergraduate programme. These modules link the theory and practice of clinical skills with the practice placement experiences of students. I am part of the module team for Evidence-based Healthcare Governance module in 3rd year of the UG programme and supervising students with their final dissertation project in year 4. I am also involved in the team and teaching of Making Judgements and Decisions in Practice. I have recently taken on the role of Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Nursing.

Programme Leader - BSc (Hons) Nursing.

PG Certificate in Higher Education from QMU in 2011

MSc Nursing in 2015

Nominated for Best Masters Dissertation Award 2014-15.