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I qualified as an adult nurse at Lewisham and Thomas Guy School of Nursing in 1985. I have 2 masters degrees 1 from Brunel University in medical anthropology and 1 in public health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
I have mainly worked in community in general practice, walk in centres, sexual health and notably in homelessness and refugee health in inner city. I have always worked in multi ethnic environments.
I have worked overseas in primary and emergency care. I have been teaching since 2016 at the London Campus of University of West Scotland professional health studies teaching on a variety of modules. I have also been supervising bachelors and masters students for their dissertations.
My first dissertation was in animal therapy as a way of doing anthropology at home by exploring animal therapy, particular for elderly people. This involved speaking to elderly in day centres, speaking to those who had therapy animals and health staff.
My second dissertation was history of overseas nurse recruitment in UK 1950-2000. This examined health policies in nurse employment and retention of nurses. It profiled changes in nurse recruitment and changes in employment practices.
My current role is teaching Independent Prescribing and Clinical Reasoning in Health Assessment at levels 6 and 7.
A number of level 7 students are part of masters Advanced Clinical Practice programme.
I have taken certain topics and added in resources for students.
My experience as nurse practitioner in primary care has given me years of assessing patients in various settings as well as prescribing in primary care. I have also contributed to Minor Illness module, and helped with skills for Nurse Associates.
I am supervising masters students, experience I gained in previous role.
In my previous teaching career, I taught long term conditions, critical research, bereavement care, palliative care, pain management, leadership, therapeutic communication, public health and effective teaching undergraduate modules.
I have been supervising bachelors and masters students in doing their dissertations.
I am interested in researching nurse attrition and how to improve this in UK. I am concerned that nursing retention varies so much in different countries.
Murrell (2022) Mouth Breathing or Nose Breathing Any Differences: Journal of General Practice Nursing: December 2022. vol 8 No 4.
Lusher, Murrell, Awire, Mufawa (2020) Covid?19 pandemic and the surge of panic attacks among NHS nursing staff: An ethnographical perspective; Journal of Advanced Nursing 02 September 2020 https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.14508
Murrell, Alexandra (2020) Improving management of vitamin B12 deficiency in primary care. Journal of General Practice Nursing, 6(3), pp. 38-43.
Murrell, Alexandra (2020) Should nurses stop administering vitamin injections? Primary Health Care, 30(1), pp. 14-15. ISSN (print) 0264-5033
Murrell, A (1993) Unlocking the virus. Providing support and treatment for people with hepatitis. Professional Nurse, 8(12), pp. 780-783. ISSN (print) 0266-8130
Murrell, Alexandra (2019) What does a low B12 blood result mean? Optimising management of Cobalamin Disorder. In: QNI Annual Conference 2019 - Healthcare in the Community; 23 - 24 Sep 2019, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)