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Jennifer graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a BSc (Hons) in Nursing in 1992. She spent the following ten years in a wide variety of clinical areas initially consolidating her skills in Vascular Surgery as a junior and then a senior staff nurse.
Jennifer then moved after three years to general ITU and then onto The Scottish Liver and Regional Renal Transplant Unit from 1995-2000. From here Jennifer was seconded to educate all Trust staff on the usage and theory behind Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) machines.
Jennifer then undertook a PhD in acute pain and took up her post at the University of Edinburgh as a lecturer in October 2001.
Jennifer has an interest in acute pain management and patients’ expectations of pain following surgery. This has led on to an interest in unexplained pain and the relationship between expectations and the lack of explanation for pain symptoms.
Jennifer also has an interest in the skills of nurses immediately following qualification and the support required for these staff. This research interest has sparked collaboration with colleagues from another HEI to investigate this issue.
A further interest involves looking at the use of method in conducting nursing research with a particular emphasis on the use of mixed methods and the difficulties evoked by this.
Jennifer is also interested in the use of problem based learning and clinical skills labs as teaching methods.
This article was published on Dec 8, 2010