PHD Candidate Nursing


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Megan is a full time PhD Candidate based within the Division of Nursing. As an affiliate member of the Centre for Person-Centred Practice Research,

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Teaching & Learning

Megan is part of a Student International Community of Practice (SICoP) who are committed to critically and creatively exploring person-centred ways of being and doing, within research and practice. She is also passionate about working in clinical practice alongside her PhD journey. Megan is also a keen yogi, hill walker, and British Sign Language student.

Megan’s PhD project focuses on exploring the perceived interactions of nurses and people who communicate using British Sign Language. For people who are deaf, all contact with NHS takes places in a hearing led context (spoken English is used within our interactions).

This can be a hard place for British Sign Language users to navigate if they are unable to express themselves in their first language. Additionally, most nurses have little experience of interacting with a person who uses British Sign Language to communicate.

Therefore, nurses can experience significant barriers when caring for a deaf person. Megan hopes to better understand what can support a communicative relationship between nurses and a person who is deaf. It is hoped that this study will improve the care of people who are deaf in the future, therefore benefiting both nursing staff and members of the deaf community.

Active research interests:

  • Interaction between nurses and people who communicate via BSL
  • Person-centred practice

Research Methods :

  • Participatory research
  • Action-orientated research
  • Critical creativity
  • Hermeneutics

As a PhD candidate, I have the opportunity to gain experience teaching on the undergraduate nursing programme. My main focus in teaching and learning is in the area of research methods and ethics. I have a particular focus on participatory methods, narrative methods and virtue ethics. In addition to my own teaching, I organize Deaf Awareness Training for the undergraduate nursing students. These sessions are facilitated by an experienced deaf tutor. The aim of Deaf Awareness training is:

    1. To provide a greater understanding of the barriers and issues that deaf people face in their everyday lives
    2. To help people think about how we can make healthcare accessible to people living in Scotland who are deaf.