Dr Lissette Aviles



Lissette earned her Professional Degree in Nursing (RN) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at Universidad de Concepcion, Chile. Her professional experience was focused on critical care, working for many years mainly in public hospitals in the capital of Chile. She did a Diploma in Chronic Hemodyalisis at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, specialising in acute hemodialysis therapy as well.  She completed her Master of Nursing at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile as well. Her master’s dissertation was a phenomenological study exploring the experiences of donor's families who agreed on organ donation in Chile. She worked as Lecturer at Universidad Andres Bello, Chile, where taught subjects such as Nursing Theory, Critical Care, and Qualitative Research for undergraduates and postgraduates. 

After awarded Becas Chile Scholarship by the Chilean Government, she started her PhD in Nursing Studies in 2016. Lissette's professional experience working in critical care and teaching as encouraging her passion towards linking nursing theory and practice to improve nursing care, healthcare service through a compassionate understanding of people experiences. Her PhD continues the understanding of the organ donation process but focus on the approaching families process for organ donation consent through a constructivist grounded theory study. She has a keen interest in qualitative methods, grounded theory, the social sciences, nursing theory, and ethical consideration conducting research.

Currently, working as Lecturer in Nursing Studies at the University of Edinburgh. 


  • PhD Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh
  • Master of Science (MSc), Nursing. Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Universidad de Concepcion, Chile
  • Professional Degree in Nursing (BN), Universidad de Concepcion, Chile 

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Member, European Transplantation Society (2021- Present)
  • Sigma member (2020-Present)
  • Member, European Sociological Association (2019 - Present)
  • PGR Rep Nursing Studies, School of Health in Social Science, The University of Edinburgh 2018/2019
  • Member, Organising Committee, Thinking Chile, UK Global Seminar, UoE Chilean Society, The University of Edinburgh (2018 and 2019 version)
  • Member, Society for the study of Symbolic Interaction (2017 - Present)
  • Member, Grounded Theory Group, School of Health in Social Science, The University of Edinburgh (2017 - Present) 
  • Member, UoE Chilean Society, The University of Edinburgh (2016 - Present)

Undergraduate teaching

Course organiser:

Mind and Body: Life Science and Nursing Care 2, NUST0823 (2021/2022 to date) BN Nursing Studies

Life Science and Nursing Care, NUST10061 (2021/2022 to date) MN in Nursing with Pre-Registration

Person-Centred Care in Practice: Relationships and Emotion, NUST11083 (2021/2022 to date) Honours, BN Nursing Studies

Research Methods in Health, SHSS1102 (2021/2022) Online - Master level


Course Co-organiser:

Transplantation Nursing NUST10030 (2020/2021 to date) Honours,  BN Nursing Studies


Postgraduate teaching

Lissette is involved in the Neurological Rehabilitation and Care Postgraduate Certificate (SCQF Level 11). She has responsibility for the students' support, delivery and coordination of the programme and student learning and teaching experience.  

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

Lissette is interested in people's experiences, including individuals, families, and healthcare professionals, to improve nursing care provision widely. Interested in qualitative methods, grounded theory, nursing theory, and ethical consideration conducting research drive her work to contribute to practice, education and policymaking. Her experience of participating in national, international and transdisciplinary collaboration draws on understanding the political role of nurses in global solutions.  

Current research interests

Project: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on nurses mental wellbeing in Chile, Indonedia and Taiwan https://www.researchgate.net/project/The-impact-of-the-COVID-19-pandemic-on-nurses-mental-wellbeing-in-Chile-Indonesia-and-Taiwan Project: What are the experiences of clinical staff approaching families for consent to organ donation? A systematic review https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/display_record.php?ID=CRD42021254404

Past research interests

Lissette's PhD developed a middle-range theory to guide nursing practice in the field of organ donation and transplantation. In 2020, Lissette worked as a Research Fellow for the YARNS project- Young Adults Rehabilitation Experiences and Needs Following Stroke https://rcnfoundation.rcn.org.uk/Apply-For-Funding/Funded-projects/YARNS-study

Papers delivered

  • Avilés L, Kean S & Tocher, J. (2021). Edgework emotion management: a constructivist grounded theory of organ donation nurses' experiences and practices. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 00, 1-13. Web. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jocn.16179
  • Holloway A., Chandler C., Aviles L, Clarissa C., Choi H., Putri A., Harris R., Noble H., Kelly D. (2021) Young Adults Rehabilitation Needs and Experiences following Stroke (YARNS): a review of digital accounts to inform age- appropriate support. Journal of Advanced Nursing.  https://doi-org.ezproxy.is.ed.ac.uk/10.1111/jan.15076
  • Soto C, Avilés L, Lucchini C & Soto P. (2017) In-depth knowledge of the role of the clinical mentor. Invest. Educ. Enferm, 35(3): 356-363
  • Reynaldos K. & Aviles L. (2016) Chapter. Social responsibility of health care organizations and the role of the nursing professional. Handbook of Research on Social Entrepreneurship and Solidarity Economics.IGI Global,  http://doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-0097-1
  • Aviles, L. & Criado, M. (2016) Theories of medium range: their transcendence and applicability. Universalud Rev Ciencias Salud Unisangil, 6(1): 58-66.
  • Herbias L, Aguirre R, Bravo H & Avilés L. (2016) Meaning of quality of life in patients on haemodialysis. Enferm Nefrol, 19(1): 37-44.
  • Avilés L, Rivera MS & Catoni M. (2014) Life lessons of eight families donating organs of deceased family members. Revista Medica de Chile, 142: 702-706.
  • Avilés L & Soto C. (2014) Nursing models in critical care units: Step toward advanced nursing care. Enfermería Global, 34 (4): 323- 329.
  • Soto C, Avilés L & Robledo C.  (2012) Technology in an outpatient chemotherapy center and advanced practice nursing: observational study. Medwave, 12(11): e557