Lecturer

Division: Nursing

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Fiona Stuart (Msc, BSc, BA (Hons), HV, RGN.) is a Lecturer in the Nursing Division.

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I am a part-time lecturer within the nursing department at QMU with a specific remit for the PgDip Person-Centred Practice (Health Visiting). I am module coordinator for the module ‘Child Development 2’ which explores the concepts, principles and theories underpinning person-centred practice within the context of childhood development. I also co-facilitate a programme of continuing professional development for all qualified Health Visitors / Family Nurses throughout Lothian, Borders and Fife. My academic work and research interests are usefully informed by my other part-time role as a Health Visitor within NHS Lothian.

Prior to uptaking my lecturing role I worked for 6 years as a Family Nurse with the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme in NHS Lothian. FNP is a voluntary, preventative programme of home visiting delivered to young, first time mothers. The programme aims to improve pregnancy outcomes, improve child health and development and improve parents’ economic self-sufficiency. Prior to FNP, I worked as a Health Visitor for 6 years in Midlothian, managing a varied and complex caseload. Prior to training as a Health Visitor, I was a Project Nurse, developing health care services for children in Local Authority residential care. My clinical experience supports my current teaching role and fuels my research interest in supporting the parenting role of more vulnerable groups and individuals.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • NMC, Florence Nightingale Foundation Alumni Association.

 

My masters dissertation was titled ‘How teenagers experience their role as parents whilst in, or having progressed through, local authority care: A thematic analysis’. 14 key themes evidenced the complexities associated with this phenomenon. I am interested in progressing this research further to determine how teenage parents who have progressed through the care system might be best supported as they transition into their parenting role.

Active Research Interests:

  • Child health and wellbeing
  • Parenting support for vulnerable groups and individuals
  • Strengths based approach to nursing care
  • Health and wellbeing of Looked After and Accommodated Children and Young People

 

Other Funding:

Florence Nightingale Travel Scholarship (2008). This scholarship allowed me to travel to several sites in England and America, visiting academics and practitioners involved in the delivery of the Family Nurse Partnership programme. Scholarship report titled: Community Health Nursing – tackling disadvantage promoting equity.

I am part of the lecturing team delivering the PgDip Person-Centred Practice (Heath Visiting). I am module coordinator for the module ‘Child Development 2’ which explores the concepts, principles and theories underpinning person-centred practice within the context of childhood development. I also co-facilitate a programme of continuing professional development for qualified Health Visitors / Family Nurses throughout Lothian, Borders and Fife.

Teaching:

  • Childhood Development 2 (PG) NM294

Msc Health Administration (2015)