I have worked as a nurse/nurse educator for over 45 years. My clinical career has involved the provision of care for people across the lifespan in Mental Health, Learning Disability and Adult/Older Adult care settings. I am an NMC registered Adult and Mental Health nurse, having studied at the Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, Kings College London. I also hold a MSc in Learning Disabilities (Mental Health) from Kings College London.
Much of my clinical nursing career has been in the care of people who have a dual diagnosis of learning disabilities and mental health needs. I have also worked in the care of older adults (both community and inpatient) as well as in medical and surgical care. I currently work as a Lecturer in Nursing with the Open University. I hold an NMC approved teaching qualification/Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice from City University, London, a MSc in Educational Research, from Kings College, London and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I have a strong interest in quality assurance within both healthcare delivery and health education provision and have previously been a reviewer for the Care Quality Commission. I have a particular interest in eLearning, eAssessment, the integration of new and emerging technologies with nursing practice and nursing education.
I am currently studying for a Doctorate in Health and Social Care (DHSC) with the Open University. My topic for investigation is the impact of the grandparenting role on mental health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on the different experiences of paternal vs maternal grandparents.
Other research interests include: The integration of technology into clinical nursing practice and the impact of technology on student nurses in particular; the physical healthcare of people who have learning disabilities and people who have severe and enduring mental illness.
For my MSc (Educational Research) dissertation, I undertook an investigation into the experiences of nursing students in relation to the impact of technology. With a distinct focus on understanding how they are learning to work with a range of technologies that are integrated into the delivery of care and the assessment and treatment of the patient.
Within the broad areas of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities I am particularly interested in developing students' knowledge and skills in relation to: the effective use of technology in clinical practice; problem/enquiry-based learning; assessment skills for practice; reflective practice and developing effective communication skills.
Recognising the potential: maximising meaningful learning in practice settings (2010-09-08)
Messenger, Julie; Waights, Verina; McDonagh, Lin; Kenward, Linda; Bottoms, Rosemary; Draper, Janet; Counihan, Sheila and Holland, Lesley
In : Networking in healthcare education (7-9 Sep 2010, Cambridge, UK) (p 156)
Maintaining connectivity and enhancing communication through the use of text messaging in an undergraduate nursing programme (2010)
In : RCN Joint Education Forums’ Conference and Exhibition. Partners in Practice (21-22 Feb 2010, Blackpool)