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Mrs Suzanne Rushton

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Professional biography

I qualified as an adult registered general nurse in 1985. My early clinical career was in the ICU setting however I developed my later career within nephrology nursing. I undertook a variety of roles including practice development and clinical teaching. During this period, I developed protocols for plasmapheresis within the Trust and was responsible for introducing haemodiafiltration techniques within the ICU setting.

Since 2001 I have been employed within adult nurse education and have held roles of module lead on both undergraduate and post graduate programmes. In 2011 I began employment in the Open University (OU) in the field of Nurse Education. I currently work as a Lecturer in Nursing however previously held the role of Staff Tutor for several years in the Yorkshire and Northwest region managing the operational side of nurse education. I am also currently employed as a practice tutor directly supporting students in practice. I have a particular interest in practice learning and have worked collaboratively with our practice partners for many years in the delivery of the Nursing Associate and Nursing Degree programmes. I strongly support efforts to widen participation and recognise prior learning at the OU.  I am a member of the panel assessing applications for recognition of prior learning and have developed material to support learners through this process.

Nursing Education Qualifications

MSc in Professional and Academic learning    Northumbria University

BSc (Hons) Health Studies   Sunderland University

NMC Registered Adult Nurse

NMC Registered Nurse Teacher

ENB 136 Certificate in Renal Nursing

Research interests

During my clinical career I was actively involved in clinical audit and research within the Trust. I was awarded a research prize in 1996 for “experience of 146 Dialysis catheter insertions”

For my MSc (professional and academic learning) I undertook a qualitative study into nurse lecturers perceptions of identity and how currency is maintained in relation to the teaching of clinical skills.

I am currently preparing a praxis application to explore student progression following accreditation of prior learning.

Teaching interests

I have a particular interest in practice learning and have collaborated on work with practice partners to support the achievement of practice proficiencies. I also have a strong interest in teaching the biological basis of nursing having taught anatomy and physiology for many years.