Mrs Karen Chandler


I am registered adult and children's nurse, with a clinical career in paediatric and neonatal intensive care, adult cardiothoracic intensive care and accident & emergency, and continue to practice clinically in the area of accident and emergency, and general paediatric care.

I entered nurse education in 2002, with an aim to develop the knowledge, skills and competence of qualified nurses caring for acutely ill children in district general hospitals.

I am the School Director and Associate Professor for Practice Learning. I lead in all areas of practice learning and my priority is to ensure both students and their supervisors/assessors have a positive practice learning experience.

Research Experience:

My MSc thesis examined the causative factors of nurse attrition and the support first year nursing students require in order remain on the nursing programme. I have continued to examine the reasons for high attrition in pre-registration nursing, representing the profession to influence future political decisions and implementing various strategies that have successfully reduced the attrition in pre-registration nursing programmes in two separate institutes.

I am passionate about fairness and consistency that has influenced my doctoral studies, which are focused on the conceptualisation of fitness to practise and the potential issues surrounding consistency.

Academic responsibilities

School Director Learning & Teaching


  • MSc Interprofessional Health
  • BSc Intensive Care (Neonate/Child)
  • Registered Children's Nurse
  • Registered Adult Nurse