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Research interests

Research interests are associated with organisational learning and within the context of her professional context of Nursing.  Nita is interested both in individual resilience and how organisations support this alongside researching the learning about, through and at work.  Nita completed her Doctor in Education at the University of Southampton which identified the dualism of Social Capital in sustaining the practice and work-related learning of Nurse within an unfunded European Nurse Education Network.  

She is currently consolidating this research through publication of her findings, dissemination and exploring how creating social capital can enable learning and sustain practice for participants within a work setting alongside developing both novice educators and student belonging to the nursing profession.    An impact output has been achieved in this field with colleagues via a small grant from the Centre for Learning and Teaching grant to develop a resilience building initiative in curriculum design for the pre-registration Nursing Programme (2018 – 2019).   This has been disseminated via conferences. 

Current research activity involves collaborating in an International study led by Nippising University, Canada on how students recognise and respond to a deterioating patient, supervision of PhDs including exploring Frailty and caring in older patients and supporting work-related learning research in the following fields: An action research project exploring how narrative pedagogy influences perioperative practice towards a safety culture; An action research project exploring the personal tutor experience of using of interactive blogs ; Descriptive case study exploring how students learning about end of life care through simulation. 






Scholarly biography

Nita is a Registered Nurse with significant clinical, educational, leadership and research experience.  She is currently the academic lead for Nursing in the School of Health Sciences; within this academic leadership role she is responsible for all the pre-qualifying Registered Nursing courses achieving strategic and operational objectives.  She is also the Nursing Midwifery Council correspondent which requires an oversight of Quality Assurance across all NMC courses in the SHS.

Nita is an active educator and regularly teaches/assesses on pre-qualifying courses and the HEA fellowship accredited PgCERT: Transforming Practice for Health Professionals through education where she was the previous course leader.

She was invited to be a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2018 following notable attainments in Higher Education that included her award for excellence in facilitation and empowering student learning from the University of Brighton in 2014. Her current role involves leading a large team of academic staff, developing and implementing key quality assurance strategies, developing curriculum and influencing various funded pedagogic projects.   Her external professional and academic networks are significant both nationally which include the Nursing Midwifery Council, the Royal College of Nursing Educational Forum and International Group and internationally with the Sigma Theta Tau, the European Nursing Network and other international universities.

She publishes regularly and is a reviewer for the following journals: The Journal of Allied Health, the International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care and Nurse Education in Practice.

Supervisory Interests

Nita is interested in supervising PhD/Professional Doctorates related to her area of scholarly expertise and/or research interest as a secondary supervisor initially.  She has supervised numerous Master level research with recent exceptional successes as follows:

  • Evaluation of teaching for a perioperative safety culture: How the use of narrative pedagogy influences perioperative practice towards a safety culture.

  • Primary Care Team Effectiveness – Developing a framework applicable to Canadian family health teams.

Nita has been invited to undertake Doctoral training supervision and participated as a panel member on a transfer from Mphil to PhD at the University of Brighton titled: The nature of care that is co-produced between District Nurses and Frail older people.

Key Words: Work-placed learning, practice learning, workforce sustainability, collaborative research, internationalisation, cultural competence, qualitative case study methodologies, practice learning, Clinical Decision making, District Nursing.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Southampton

Award Date: 30 Nov 2017

External positions

External reviewer for Nursing courses, Coventry University

1 May 20191 Jan 2020

External Examiner MSc Nursing, University of Salford

1 Jun 20121 Jun 2016

External Examiner, University of Hertfordshire

1 Jun 20071 Jun 2011


  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • RT Nursing
  • LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education


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