PhD Candidate and Research Assistant

Nursing

Tel: 0131 474 0000

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I qualified as a nurse in 2017 with a first-class honours degree, and now I am PhD candidate at Queen Margaret University, within the Centre for Person-Centred Practice Research.

I am passionate about ensuring that the nursing care for older persons and persons living with dementia is of a high standard and my research interests correlate with this passion. My PhD is exploring how nurses can provide person-centred care when looking after persons living with dementia who express themselves sexually. In March 2017, along with two co-authors, I published a literature review on this subject, which highlighted the strong need to future research and more person-centred nursing care within this area. Additionally, I have a strong interest in participatory research approaches and ensuring that older persons, including those living with dementia, have a central voice within any research that is about them.

I am also contributing to the research centre and developing my research skills by working as a part-time research assistant on the RCN Foundation funded Listen and Learn Project (2017-18). This project is a participatory practice development initiative aimed at enabling nursing teams in two care homes within The Randolph Hill (RH) Nursing Homes Group in Scotland improve the experience of care for older persons through real time listening and learning. I also work occasionally in one of the care homes within the Randolph Hills Nursing Homes Group as a Staff Nurse where I contribute to clinical practice.

Best Poster Presentation, NHS Lothian NMAHPPs Conference - 2018

Best Undergraduate Research Award – 2017

Joan and Muriel Burnside award for care of persons living with dementia – 2017