Azwa Shamsuddin (RN, MSc, BSc)


I am a full-time PhD researcher in Nursing Studies, currently in my third year. Having had clinical experience in a variety of clinical areas, I am well-placed in my research interests around nursing workforce issues and leadership. My primary focus is on qualitative research, particularly grounded theory, alongside a basic understanding of statistics, I hope to progress to mixed methods studies in my research career. I am an active proponent of research-based nursing practice, having run a workshop on systematic reviews for clinical nurses in Malaysia which I hope to continue.


I am also a Research Assistant for the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology on a research project seeking to embed employability into the curriculum. As such, I am constantly looking into new ways of teaching and learning to enhance graduate employability.

In my spare time I enjoy cycling and spending time with my husband and two boys.


2016 – Present

PhD Nursing Studies

University of Edinburgh

2014 – 2015

MSc Clinical Nursing for International Students 

King’s College London

2006 – 2010

BSc Nursing (Hons)

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Responsibilities & affiliations

Student representative for Nursing Studies (2018/2019), member of the Grounded Theory Group, tutor for Nursing Studies, and Research Assistant for graduate employability at the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology.

Research summary

I am interested in research on nursing workforce issues, graduate employability, and nursing education.

Current research interests

My current doctoral research uses a constructivist grounded theory approach, integrating situational analysis as an analytical tool to enhance analysis of contextual factors. The research aims to gain a theoretical understanding of the role of empowerment in nurses’ research utilization, including the impact of related contextual factors.


June 2018       Grounded Theory Workshop

Apr 2016         Systematic Review Workshop for Nurses

Aug 2009        1st Asia Pacific Nursing Students’ Conference


7th International Nurse Education Conference (NETNEP 2018) in Banff, Canada.

8th Research Methods Festival in Bath, England.