Associate Professor Susan Dawkes is a registered nurse who has spent over twenty years working with cardiology patients in Scotland and Canada. Her clinical roles included nursing in acute cardiology units in and latterly working as a specialist nurse in cardiac rehabilitation. Susan began her career in higher education at the University of Edinburgh and went on to join the School of Health and Social Care (formerly School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care) at Edinburgh Napier University in 2004 where she now has the position of Director of Learning, Teaching and Assessment. Susan’s professional affiliations include being an Executive member of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Interest Group Scotland, and she has membership of: the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, the British Heart Foundation Alliance, the Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses and the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professions (European Society of Cardiology). Her research interests include self-management of coronary heart disease (CHD) and the preparation of professionals who care for patients with CHD.