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The OU Nursing team includes academics and practitioners who undertake research into nursing and related healthcare topics. We use a range of methodological approaches in our research including mixed methods, participatory, online and secondary analysis methods. Key areas of research include the role of online teaching and learning; the recruitment and regulation of nurses; the delivery of care in different settings (e.g. maternity and hospice care) and service users’ experiences of living with acute or long-term conditions (e.g. diabetes, mental ill-health and dementia).

The Nursing area on the DHSC invites proposals on: professional education; the quality of nursing and healthcare provision and the experiences and perspectives of nurses, the multidisciplinary team, and patients/service users and carers. New areas of enquiry and investigation are welcome.

Examples of previous and current research (including doctoral research) in WELS:

  • Use of action research to reduce the theory-action gap in nursing.
  • Becoming a professional: what is the influence of registered nurses on nursing students’ learning in the clinical environment?
  • Education and health professionals working together in a school setting: an evaluative study.
  • Student nurses’ feedback from mental health service users in practice: a participatory action research study.
  • Looking at inclusion: listening to the voices of young people.