Dr Erna Haraldsdottir (BSc, MSc, PhD) is a Senior lecturer in the Nursing Division. She is also a Full Member of the Centre for Person-centred Practice Research.
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I am is currently a Director of Education and Research St Columba’s Hospice and a Senior Lecturer Queen Margaret University. My palliative care nursing practice started in Iceland and I was instrumental in developing palliative care services at the National Hospital in Iceland. After immigrating to Scotland I finished my Masters and PhD degree in palliative care nursing at the University of Edinburgh. I have led education in hospices over the last 12 years, and more recently research, first at Strathcarron Hospice and now at St Columba’s Hospice. I have also taken part in developing and delivering national and international teaching programmes in palliative care.
Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:
- Honorary Fellow College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, The University of Edinburgh
- Adjunct Assistant Professor University of Iceland
- Associate fellow, Primary Palliative Care Research Group, Edinburgh University
Professional Social Media:
- Twitter @ernaharalds
- Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Erna_Haraldsdottir
Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:
- Full Member Centre for Person-centred Practice Research
My key research interests are related to Palliative Care, Practice Development and Person Centred Care. I have been leading the development of research active hospice for the last 5 years and have a strategic role in developing further research activities within St Columba’s Hospice and Palliative Care research within Queen Margaret University.
Active Research Interests:
- Person Centred Care in Palliative Care Practice
- Rehabilitation in Palliative Care
- Creative Art in Palliative Care
- Family support in Palliative Care
- Qualitative Research Methodology
- Practice Development Methodology
Project- Developing art in hospice through use of documentary film making funded by Creative Scotland 2014
Project- Developing art in hospice through creative writing workshops funded by Creative Scotland 2013
Research: How do Gold Standard Framework meetings improve palliative care? Funded by NHS Forth Valley endowment fund 2012
Research- Family support as part of palliative care, funded by Strathcarron Hospice 2012
My primary teaching areas are in palliative care and related to death, dying and psychosocial and spiritual issues. I teach sessions on the undergraduate nursing programme, Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care and MSC Person Centred Practice- palliative care pathway programme. I also supervise PhD students dong research related to palliative care practice.
MSc Person Centred Practice- palliative care pathway- Dissertation
Academic awards: 1987- BSc Nursing, University of Iceland
2000- MSc Nursing, University of Edinburgh
2007-PhD Nursing University of Edinburgh