Website: K I Joanna Tam
Tel: +44 (0)750 033 8209
Location:3rd Floor, Doorway 6, Medical School, Teviot Place
I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Bachelor of Nursing degree with honours. Since my undergraduate education, I have developed a strong interest in palliative care and bereavement studies. Recognising the importance of continuing professional development, I furthered my undergraduate education with the MSc in Advancing Nursing Practice also at the University of Edinburgh. In support of my passionate interest in palliative nursing, I devoted two major pieces of work during my Master’s degree in exploring different areas in palliative nursing. The first one was a combination of a small scale research and a literature appraisal on exploring the emotional challenges of nurses who worked in palliative setting. I had also composed a research proposal to discover the lived experience of bereaved older people following the death of a partner or spouse in an acute hospital setting. These two pieces of work had given me an insight of the involvement of palliative nursing in different aspects. The Master’s degree has also reinforced the importance in supporting evidence-based practice in nursing, something I support strongly.
Having worked in gastrointestinal medicine and oncology, this experience has further consolidated my interest in palliative nursing and I decided to advance this passion and embark on my PhD studies in September 2011. The main focus of my research interest lies in palliative care.
The history and development of palliative care in Macao
Professional nurses’ understanding of palliative care in Macao and Hong Kong
For my PhD research studies, the focus will lie in the development of palliative care in Macao and will further look into the area of professional nurses’ understanding of palliative care in Macao and Hong Kong. The purpose of the latter exploration is to set a comparison between professional nurses of Macao and Hong Kong to discover any potential differences in their perception, understanding and knowledge of palliative care.
The result of this study aims to provide more information on such area of palliative care of which is currently lacking.
This article was published on May 1, 2013