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Associate Professor, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University.
I am an experienced nurse academic, manager and practitioner. As a practitioner I worked in medical oncology nursing settings. My career in health care education spans 30 years in roles including Director of Studies, Faculty Head of Learning and Teaching, Professional Lead for adult and child nursing and currently Director of the new Nursing Long-term Heath Challenges Research Centre https://research.bournemouth.ac.uk/centre/nursing-for-long-term-health/ I am a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am an experienced mentor. Currently I am President of the England Chapter of STTI, the prestigious international nursing scholarship society.

My research interests focus on nursing workforce, specifically two areas: values underpinning practice (particularly impact on care for older people) and leadership & workforce development. I have developed and led several undergraduate nursing curricula which embeds values-based education. I am involved in two longitudinal studies evaluating the impact of a humanising philosophy on students’ perceptions of practice and have presented findings internationally. The link between the valuing of nurses and care quality and job satisfaction is well known; I am leading a study investigating how nurse retention can be improved through the use of a new conceptual model: https://research.bournemouth.ac.uk/project/making-tracs-to-improve-nurse-retention/

My engagement with professional practice is at all levels, currently working with academic and clinical colleagues to develop the new research centre. I have experience as an NHS Trust Governor; Trustee of a Charity; Chair of a Dementia friendly Community Association; Independent member of the national Mary Seacole Award Steering Group; plus wide STTI activities including leading an European Nurse Education Research Taskforce.

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Principal Investigator for TRACS (Transition, Resilience, Authentic Leadership, Commitment, Support) project:
The Making TRACS to Improve Nurse Retention project seeks to answer the question of whether the retention rate of registered nursing staff in one hospital can be improved through the development and use of an evidence-based nurse retention model, to be known as TRACS.
This is a collaborative project between Bournemouth University’s Faculty of Health and Social Sciences (FHSS) and the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (RBCH), and is funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing. The Patients Association is acting as an external consultant to the project. https://research.bournemouth.ac.uk/project/making-tracs-to-improve-nurse-retention/

The project is over the half way stage and has developed an interactive web portal of resources to support registered nurses. We will shortly be approaching our final data collection and are planning a dissemination event at Bournemouth University on 1st July 2019.

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