Professor Debbie Roberts

Name
Debbie Roberts
Position
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Email
debbie.roberts@bangor.ac.uk
Phone
01248 383925
Location
Fron Heulog

Debbie joins us as the Foundation of Nursing Studies Professor of Practice Learning;  a new and exciting joint appointment between BCUHB and Bangor University, Debbie’s remit is to work across both organisations to promote and enhance practice learning in order to improve healthcare in the region. Debbie is passionate about teaching and learning in nurse education, and has a track record in linking research, teaching and innovation; ensuring that evidence based teaching is used within nurse education, and research programmes and ensuring integration of relevant research into curriculum.

In terms of areas of teaching and research her expertise includes practice learning, clinical simulation and immersive learning, reflective practice, management and leadership in clinical practice and workforce development. Debbie teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules and supervises post graduate students.

Previous research projects include creative and innovative interdisciplinary work, in exploring links between learning to act and learning to be a nurse, and suggesting how nurse educators could learn from the performing arts in matters of assessment. Debbie has undertaken collaborative work with colleagues from Computing to explore the innovative use of immersive learning technologies within health; for example, in promoting empathy amongst occupational therapy and nursing students; and in using sensory learning.

Since being in post Debbie has developed a strategy for practice learning that focuses on supporting undergraduate nursing through mentorship and skilled Practice Education Facilitation. In addition she is exploring the use of social media at the bedside to enhance student learning and patient care. Debbie is supporting the Mental Health Ward Manager forum to roll out a Ward Manager’s manual; and working closely with Dinah Hickish (the first Consultant Nurse in Palliative care in Wales), and Polly Ferguson (Consultant Midwife) as part of her wider remit.

Publications:

Books.

Roberts D. and Holland K.  (Eds) 2013. Nursing: Decision making for Practice.  Oxford University Press, UK.

Chapters in Books:

ROBERTS D. 2010. Chapter 8: Preparing you for clinical practice. In Hart S. (Editor) 2010. Nursing: Study and Placement Learning Skills. Oxford University Press. Oxford.

ROBERTS D. 2010. Chapter 9: How will you learn in practice. In Hart S. (Editor) 2010. Nursing: Study and Placement Learning Skills. Oxford University Press. Oxford.

ROBERTS D. 2010. Chapter 10: First steps into practice. In Hart S. (Editor) 2010. Nursing: Study and Placement Learning Skills. Oxford University Press. Oxford.

Hart S & ROBERTS D. 2010. Chapter 11: More about the four fields of nursing. In Hart S. (Editor) 2010. Nursing: Study and Placement Learning Skills. Oxford University Press. Oxford.

ROBERTS D. 2010. Chapter 13: Assessment of clinical practice and portfolio development. In Hart S. (Editor) 2010. Nursing: Study and Placement Learning Skills. Oxford University Press. Oxford.

ROBERTS D. 2008 Chapter 14: Dying.  In Holland, Jenkins, Soloman & Whittam (Eds.).  Second Edition. Applying the Roper, Logan Tierney model in practice. Blackwell Science.

ROBERTS D. 2003 Chapter 14: Dying.  In Holland, Jenkins, Soloman & Whittam (Eds.). Applying the Roper, Logan Tierney model in practice. Blackwell Science.

 

Articles in refereed journals

Ousey. K.J., ROBERTS. D., & Gefen. A. 2017. Early identification of wound infection: understanding odour. Journal of Wound Care. 26 (10): 577-581.

Hughes-Morris D. and ROBERTS D. 2017. Transition to SCPHN: The effects of returning to student status. British Journal of School Nursing June 2017 12 (5): 234-243.

ROBERTS D and Williams L. 2017 Commentary: Is it possible to bring the emancipatory practice development and evidence-based practice agendas together in nursing and midwifery? Volume 7, Issue 1, Article 13 May 2017 https://doi.org/10.19043/ipdj.71.013

ROBERTS D., and Williams, A. 2017. The Potential of Mobile Technology (#MoTech) To Close The Theory Practice Gap. Nurse Education Today (2017), doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2017.03.003

Richards, P., ROBERTS, D., Britton. M., and Roberts, N. 2017. The exploration of Body-Worn Video to accelerate the decision making skills of Police Officers within an experiential learning environment. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. DOI: 10.1093/police/pax017

Ousey K., J., ROBERTS, D., and Stephenson, J. 2017. Exploring psychology and nursing students’ perceptions of disgust. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. 7 (1): 17-20.

Ousey K.J., and ROBERTS D. 2016 Exploring nurses’ and patients’ feelings of disgust associated with malodorous wounds: a rapid review. Journal of Wound Care 25(8): 438-442.

ROBERTS D., Mason J., Williams E., Roberts N. and Macpherson R. 2016. Promoting empathy through immersive learning. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. 6 (8): 1-9.

McAndrew S., and ROBERTS D. 2015. Reflection in nurse education: promoting deeper thinking through the use of painting. Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives. pp. 1-12 | DOI: 10.1080/14623943.2014.992406

ROBERTS D., Hibberd P., Lewis CA., Turley J. 2014. The unique contribution of community clinical nurse specialists in rural Wales. British Journal of Community Nursing. 19 (12): 602-607

ROBERTS D., and Roberts NJ. 2014. Maximising sensory learning through immersive education. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 2014, 4 (10): 74-79.

Roberts D.  2013. The clinical viva: An assessment of clinical thinking. Nurse Education Today 33 (2013) 402–406

Ousey K. and ROBERTS D. 2013. Improving access to CPD for nurses: the uptake of online provision.  British Journal of Community Nursing 02/2013 18(2):78-84.

ROBERTS D & Ousey K. 2011 Finding and using evidence in academic assignments: the bane of student life. Nurse Education in Practice. 11 (5): 333-340. Citations: 1

ROBERTS D & Greene L. 2011. The theatre of high fidelity clinical simulation. Nurse Education Today. 31(7): 694-698.

Roberts D. 2011. Grading the Performance of clinical skills: Lessons to be learned from the performing arts. Nurse Education Today, 31 (6): 607-610. Citations: 5

Roberts D. 2010. Vicarious learning: a review of the literature. Nurse Education in Practice 10 (1): 13-16 Citations: 5.

Roberts D. 2009. Friendship fosters learning: the importance of friendships in clinical practice. Nurse Education in Practice 9 (6): 367-371. Citations: 8

Roberts D. 2008. Learning in Clinical Practice: the importance of peers. Nursing Standard. 23 (12): 35-41. Citations: 6.

Roberts D.  2008. Commentary on Secomb J (2008) A systematic review of peer teaching and learning in clinical education. Journal of Clinical Nursing 17, 703-716. Journal of Clinical Nursing. 17, 2793-2800 doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02394.x

ROBERTS D. 2007. Ethnography and staying in your own nest. Nurse Researcher  14 (3): 15-24. Citations: 4

ROBERTS D. 2006. Learning Experiences of Seconded Nursing Students. Nursing Standard. May 17: 20 (36) 41-45. Citations: 3.

ROBERTS D. and Mitchell D. 2005. Students with Dyslexia: an unexpected problem in problem based learning.  Nurse Education in Practice. 5 (6) 328-332. Citations: 3.

ROBERTS D. and Ousey K. 2004. Problem based learning: developing the triggers. Experiences from a first wave site. Nurse Education in Practice. 4. 154-158. Citations: 10.

Andrews M and ROBERTS D. 2003. Supporting student nurses learning in and through clinical practice: the role of the clinical guide. Nurse Education Today. 23. 471-481. Citations: 43.

 

Editorial:

ROBERTS D., and Roberts N.J. 2014. Clinical simulation: Dare we venture into the uncanny valley? Nurse Education in Practice 14 (2014): 225 -226.

ROBERTS D. and Johnson M. 2009.  Newly Qualified Nurses: Competence or Confidence? Editorial for Nurse Education Today. 29 (5) 467-468. Citations: 7.

 

Conference presentations:

ROBERTS D., and Ousey K.J. 2016 Promoting empathy through sensory immersive learning. NETNEP 2016. The 6th International Nurse Education Conference, Transforming Education practice through scholarship, development of academic leadership and evaluation research: committed to improving the lives of communities worldwide. Brisbane 3-6th April 2016.

Stacey, G., Thompson, S., Neill, M., ROBERTS D., Holland, K. 2016 Defining, maximising and promoting “graduateness” in Graduate Entry Nursing Programmes for the Future of Nursing. NETNEP 2016. The 6th International Nurse Education Conference, Transforming Education practice through scholarship, development of academic leadership and evaluation research: committed to improving the lives of communities worldwide. Brisbane 3-6th April 2016.

Williams, A.M. and ROBERTS D. 2016. The potential of mobile technology to close the theory practice gap. NETNEP 2016. The 6th International Nurse Education Conference, Transforming Education practice through scholarship, development of academic leadership and evaluation research: committed to improving the lives of communities worldwide. Brisbane 3-6th April 2016.

ROBERTS D, Truscott, G., Cunningham, S., and Wheeler, S. 2015. Exploring the impact of Tinnitus on Mental wellbeing and coping ability: a mixed methods study.  4th Welsh Branch Conference, British Psychological Society. 12th September 2015.

ROBERTS D. & Roberts NJ. 2014. Innovations in simulated learning environments: using all the senses. RCN Education Conference, Harrogate, February 26th – 27th.

Roberts NJ. & ROBERTS D. 2013. Exploring the role of smell and odour memory in immersive learning. Presentation to the British Psychological Society Welsh Branch 2nd Annual Conference, Glyndwr University. 30th November 2013.

Adshead S,  ROBERTS D,  Alcroft T, Black M, Bush C, Lymer N, Mpofu  T.  2012 A colourful experience: using painting as a student learning strategy. NETNEP 2012 - the 4th International Nurse Education Conference Changing the landscape for nursing and healthcare education: evidence-based innovation, policy and practice 17-20 June 2012, Baltimore, USA.

ROBERTS D, Johnson M. 2012 Evidence based education in nursing: are we practising what we preach? NETNEP 2012 - the 4th International Nurse Education Conference Changing the landscape for nursing and healthcare education: evidence-based innovation, policy and practice 17-20 June 2012, Baltimore, USA.

ROBERTS, D and Talbot, R 2011, Learning to act like a nurse, in: Education in a Changing Environment (ECE) 6th International Conference : Creativity and Engagement in Higher Education, 6 - 8 July 2011, The University of Salford, Greater Manchester, UK.

Talbot R, ROBERTS D, and Greene L. 2010. Doctors & Nurses: Learning to Act Like a Nurse in a Theatre of High Fidelity Simulation. Theatre and Performance research association (TAPRA). 9th -11th September 2010. Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries. University of Glamorgan.

ROBERTS D.  2008. Too close for comfort?: Research relationships in nurse education. NETNEP 2nd International Nurse Education Conference, Dublin, Ireland. June 9th -11th.

ROBERTS D. 2007. Friendship fosters learning: Peer learning in clinical practice. RCN International Education Conference, July 2007. Brighton, UK.

Neville, L. and ROBERTS D. 2006. Using Stories as a Learning Strategy for Moral Decision Making. 1st Nurse Education International Conference: Developing collaborative practice in Health and Social Care Education. May 14th – 16th 2006, Vancouver, Canada.

ROBERTS D. 2005. Peer Learning amongst a group of novice student nurses: emergent themes. Nurse Education in Practice Conference, University of Salford. June 15th 2005.

ROBERTS D and Ousey K. 2003. Tackling the problems of problem-based learning. Paper presented at the NET conference Grey College, Durham. Sept 2-4 2003.