I am a Lecturer of Nursing at Edinburgh Napier University. I registered from North Lothian College In 1979. I gained staffing post within the Critical Care settings over a number of years. As I have always been keen to learn how to care for my patients, better I also undertook a number of post registration courses: 1981 –a Certificate in Neuromedical and Neurosurgical, 1983 –Certificate in Intensive Nursing Care and in 1987 a Diploma in Clinical Education. I was part of the commissioning team for the Murrayfield BUPA Hospital.
I worked in education at Lothian College and left to gain a post as a Lecturer at Hull University in 1993 to develop the MSc in Critical Care. I returned to Edinburgh in 1997 to take up a joint appointment with the Borders General Hospital and Napier University. During my time at Edinburgh Napier University, I have held many roles; teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students the value of research and evidence based practice to the profession of nursing. I have been the Programme Leader for the MSc in Nursing and I now am the Module Leader for a large undergraduate generic fully online module, which focuses on Health and Social Care Integration. In this Module, the team have been innovative in developing creative methods of using drama as a method of learning. This has secured ESRC funding and the findings will be presented at home and international conferences. I was also the convenor of a Working Group to review the University’s RPL Framework, which resulted in a new framework being launched in 2015.