Dr Rosie Stenhouse (PhD RMN PGCertHET FHEA)

Head of Nursing Studies; Senior Lecturer; Associate Director Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry

  • Nursing Studies
  • School of Health in Social Science
  • Centre for Creative Relational Inquiry

Contact details



School of Health in Social Science
Old Medical School
Teviot Place

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With a background in mental health nursing I have worked in the third sector and NHS before moving into academia full time in 2005. My primary interests are in the healthcare related experiences of people who occupy marginalised positions including people with mental health diagnoses, those experiencing homelessness, members of the LGBT+ community, and those from other minoritised communities. In my research I try to work in a way that makes space for marginalised voices to be heard, and use poetry as a means of engaging audiences with research findings.  

My other focus is the development of the nursing workforce, and in particular the support and retention of newly qualified nurses. I work in collaboration with NHS Education for Scotland and with NHS Lothian to support and evaluate the development of models of preceptorship and support for newly qualified nurses.  






Responsibilities & affiliations


NMC registered


Undergraduate teaching

Main teaching areas are:

  • mental health
  • professional issues in nursing and healthcare

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I am happy to supervise PhD students from a range of disciplines whose projects fall within my area of expertise:

qualitative methodologies

narrative and discourse analysis

creative and arts based methods

mental health

marginalised groups


Current PhD students supervised

Current PhD supervision

Year 1:

Anna Bovo, Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh, F/T

Study Topic: Emotion management in the emergency room

Principal supervisor

Year 2: 

Oscar Wu, HiSS, University of Edinburgh, F/T

Study Topic: The impact of using video sharing sites for management of minority stress in people from the LGB community#

Principal superisor


Olukemi Amala, Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Edinburgh, F/T

Study topic: the experience of disabled counsellors and therapists

methodology: critical studies, intersectionality theory

Principal supervisor


Emily Hennessy, HiSS,  University of Edinburgh, F/T

Study topic: Gypsy and Traveller adolescent girls' embodied experiences in relation to HPV vaccination

Second supervisor

Year 3:

Daniela Castillo-Mansilla, Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh, F/T

Study topic: compassionate care as understood and experienced by children with long term conditions

Methodology: Realist evaluation

Principal supervisor


Man Sa Lo, Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh, F/T

Study Topic: Sexual health education and needs and the development of an e-sexual health programme for young people in Macau

Methodology: Mixed methods, participatory action research

Second supervisor


Georgi Gill, Centre for Creative Relational Inquiry, University of Edinburgh, F/T

Study Topic: Using (auto)biographical poetry to explore the experience of multiple sclerosis 

Methodology: Qualitative; arts based methods; autoethnographic poetry

Principle supervisor


Katherine Pachkowski, Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh, F/T

Study Topic: Exploitation of people with mental health problems living in the community

Methodology: Qualitative; discourse analysis

Principle supervisor


Blerte Hyseni, Faculty of Health Sciences, Maribor University, Slovenia F/T

Study Topic: Impact of performance appraisal and quality of management in nursing job satisfaction

Methodology: mixed methods

Principle supervisor


Year 4:

Jamie Smith, Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh, F/T

Study Topic: Nurses’ constructions of nursing work

Methodology: New materialist approaches

Principle supervisor


Year 5:

Louise Johnston, Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh, P/T

Study Topic: Narrative study of student nurses’ experiences of coming to nursing from a widening participation pathway

Methodology: Narrative; discourse analysis

Principle supervisor



Past PhD students supervised

Successful Completions:

Dr Jessica McLaren, University of Edinburgh, 2013

Title:  Making Sense of Supervision: A Narrative Study of the Supervision Experiences of Mental Health Nurses and Midwives


Dr Thanee Glomjai, Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh, 2015

Title: Alcohol consumption behaviour of young people in Thailand: Perspectives of stakeholders in Petchaburi Province


Dr Szu-Szu Ho, Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh, 2018

Title:“It depends on our deep belief in the treatment and our values”— Understanding HIV-positive drug users’ experiences of taking Highly Active Antiretroviral Treatment in Taiwan


Dan Hope, Sociology, University of Edinburgh, 2019

Title: 'What Nursing's All About': The caring ideal and ambivalence to 'profession' in nurses' occupational discourse


Sushila Chowdhry, Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh, 2019

Title:(In)visible women: a narrative study of larger women's pregnant embodiment and maternal healthcare


Gearoid Brennan, Nursing Studies, University of Edinburgh, 2021

Title: Mental Health Nurses, Physical Healthcare & People with Serious Mental Illness: A Bourdieusian Exploration


Jenny Young, Edinburgh Napier University, 2021

Title: One year caring: A longitudinal narrative study on men’s experiences of caring for a female partner with cancer


Research summary

My research is driven by a desire for social justice, and to improve the experience and retention of the nursing workforce. I am particularly interested in power and voice and this informs both the focus and methodologies of my projects and underpins my engagement with the Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry.

Current research interests

The following represent the current projects I am involved in: Gay men's experiences of Intimate Partner Violence Realist evaluation of coproducing preceptorship with newly qualified nurses The barriers to accessing resources for teaching healthcare practitioners in Ghana Pilot development of a smartphone app to support patients with Covid-19 symptoms in Ethiopia I am also interested in development of projects focused on: Vulnerability Homelessness and mental health Supporting people with mental health issues in rural areas

Past research interests

Emotional intelligence and retention and performance of student nurses

Knowledge exchange

Online exhibition from The City Turned Upside Down: Relationships, regulations and the inversion of social ‘norms’ in the homelessness sector during the Covid-19 pandemic  https://blogs.ed.ac.uk/livingthroughcovid/


Affiliated research centres

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