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I hold a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology and I have extensive experience as a nurse educator in both the practice and University setting. I had a successful career as a District Nursing Sister and Intermediate Care Nurse both roles focussed on care in the community setting. My clinical experience began my interest in public health, long-term conditions and end-of-life care. I have taught a range of subjects latterly with a focus on Public Health, Culture & Diversity in Healthcare, Professional Nursing and Management of Long term conditions. I have a strong interest in the Anthropology of Education and how the nuances of culture and social identity impact on the experience of learning and education for both registration nursing student and registered nurses.
Associate Professor Adult Nursing
My PhD was a longitudinal ethnography which explored the lived experiences of Indian nurses coming to the UK to study and work. This work has developed my knowledge of how social class, cultural nuances can shape how a person experiences and succeed in academic attainment.
The MSc I undertook in Medical Anthropology centred on how voluntary carers and nurses coped with the impact of the aids pandemic in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Following on from the MSc I have retained a keen interest in culture, expressions of illness and how nurses cope with this.