Jamie B Smith (RN BSc MSc MA PgDip)

Thesis title: Navigating nurse work: understanding the conditions of possibility for nurses working in Scotland with posthumanism

PhD Nursing Studies

  • Nursing Studies/Sociology/Philosophy
  • School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh
  • Institute Gender in Medicine (GiM), Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Contact details



School of Health in Social Science
University of Edinburgh
Teviot Place

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I am currently work between Charité Universitätmedizin, Berlin and the University of Edinburgh. I stand firmly for advocacy, and approach nursing and nurse education as a feminist project. My research and professional projects take a critical (pro)feminist standpoint to raise the status of nurses.

I practise as a nurse at NHS Lothian, previously working in Yorkshire and London for NHS Hospitals and as a Specialist Nurse in Organ Donation for NHS Blood and Transplant. My background in nursing is in Nephrology, Organ Donation and Transplantation. I support the Nursing Now! campaign and I am involved in organising local and national activism.

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Organ Donation and Transplantation Specialist Nurse Training Course // NHS Blood and Transplant

6 months supernumerary, residential and on-call.

Supervisor: Sally Snowden


MSc Nursing Studies // Sheffield Hallam University

Dissertation Title "A systematic review of the professionalisation of nursing care"

Supervisor: Dr Joanne Lidster


MA Gender, Media and Culture // Goldsmiths College, University of London

Dissertation Title "Feminist epistemologies in gender care practices; the experiences of registered nurses in the UK"

Supervisor: Dr Yasmin Gunaratnam


BSc (Hons) Clinical Psychology // London South Bank University

Dissertation Title "Implicit associations in risk-taking behaviour"

Supervisor: Dr Nicola Riley


Continuing Professional Development

Assessing Teaching and Learning in Practice - Mentorship course // City University, London

Acute and High Dependency Care // City University, London

PgCert Nephrology Nursing // King's College London

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Postgraduate Research Representative, Nursing Studies, School of Health in Social Science, The University of Edinburgh 2018/2019
  • Registered Nurse, Nursing and Midwifery Council, UK
  • Member of the British Sociological Association
  • Member of the Royal College of Nursing, UK
  • Member of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, University of Edinburgh
  • NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination), D.C., USA
  • Founding member DARING (Developing Affirmative Research In Nursing Group)


Undergraduate teaching

Contemporary Issues in Health and Wellbeing // Tutor

Nursing Life Science // Tutor

Nursing Care and Decision Making // Tutor

Postgraduate teaching

Language and Communication in Health and Society // Tutor

Research summary

Nursing is a relatively recent arrival to higher education institutions and is still establishing the ‘terms of coexistence' of where and how it will inhabit space within academia. I take a Posthuman approach which decentralises the humanistic lens of contemporary nursing care. I work with this ongoing renegotiation to incrementally contribute to conceptualising the fundamentals of care.

I work independently and collaboratively and I welcome new partnerships and collaborations.

Current research interests

New materialism, Posthumanism, philosophy of nursing, health systems, Emotional labour, (pro)Feminism, Feminist Epistemologies, Thresholds, theories of continuous of becoming, Affect theory, Queer theory, Emotions in caregiving

Past research interests

Nephrology, Renal Nursing, Renal Replacement Therapies, Organ Donation, Transplantation

Project activity

PhD Candidate - Submission expected Summer 2020

Research Associate - APPRAISE project - Large NIHR funded pilot study (PI Professor Aisha Holloway: A two-arm parallel-group individually randomised Prison Pilot study of a male Remand Alcohol Intervention for Self-efficacy Enhancement: the APPRAISE study)

Research Fellow - Institute for Gender in Medicine, Charité Universititätmedizin, Berlin

Current project grants

2019/20 Bayer Fellowship Program, Carl Duisberg Scholarship (€5000)

Past project grants

2019, inspireED Grant (£800)
2018, IAD Student Experience Grant (£3500)
2018, Go Abroad Fund (£450)

Conference details

SMITH, J.B. (2020 - upcoming) Multimedia diaries as a research methodology in care settings. Nordic Nursing Association, Copenhagen, Denmark.

SMITH, J.B. (2020) Interpreting Nurse work with Posthumanism. British Sociological Association, Revised/reformatted Annual Conference, Online/Twitter, UK.

SMITH, J.B. (2018) Care is not basic: a postHuman approach to fundamental care [themed session].  New Directions 2018 Annual Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

SMITH, J.B. (2018) Phenomenologies of fundamental care.  Health in Social Science Annual Conference 2018, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Invited speaker

SMITH, J.B. (2019) Nurse work as an elementary language for critical posthumanism [themed panel].  Posthuman Knowledge(s) - Prof. Dr. Rosi Braidotti, Summer School, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.


What is Health in Social Science? // Organiser, Postgraduate Research Conference // University of Edinburgh, May 2019.

Assembly of Affirmative Practice - 'leading from the start '// Convener (2-day conference) // University of Edinburgh/RADA/Nursing Now, Feb 2019.

Papers delivered

SMITH, J.B. (2019) Companion species of care; nurse work as a posthuman language. European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.


When in Scotland, I practice at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in Renal Medicine.


Research Associate (APPRAISE trial) // University of Edinburgh, 2018 - 

Liaison Lecturer and tutor // University of Edinburgh, UK, 2017 - 

Specialist Nurse: Organ Donation // Yorkshire and Scotland regions, NHS Blood and Transplant, 2015 - 2017

Senior Charge Nurse (Renal and Transplant HDU) // Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, 2012 - 2015

Research Nurse  (Renal and Transplantation) // Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, 2012 - 2013

Staff Nurse (Nephrology) // Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust, 2011 - 2012