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Mrs Karen Chandler

School Director Learning & Teaching


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.

Areas of specialism

  • Nurse Education
  • Children's nursing


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