My background is primarily in Accident and Emergency and Surgical Nursing. I have worked in a number of acute hospitals both in the UK and in New Zealand. I have had an active role in supporting and developing student nurses throughout my career and made the transition to Higher Education in 2010. I have an interest in keeping my practice updated and undertake shifts at St Christopher's Shooting Star Chase Children's Hospice on a regular basis.
University roles and responsibilities
- Personal Tutor for Professional Preparatory Child Field Students
- Practice Liaison Tutor (PLT) for Locality 3 - Frimley
- Module Leader: Empowering and Protecting Children and Young People and The Complexities of Working with Children and Families
- Dissertation Supervisor for Professional Preparatory Students
- Member of the Maternal Child and Family Health Research Cluster
I have previously been involved in the following projects:
- SHA Funded Project (2010 - 2012): A case study of one university's implementation of service improvement within the pre-registration nursing curriculum.
- Action research project (2012). Engaging student nurses in self-assessment and OSCE performance - value and application to practice: an action research project.
I am interested in exploring support needs of families, student nurses during their training particularly pastoral care.
I teach across all professional preparation child field modules and two year one interdisciplinary modules. Specialist interests in play, family centred care, research in children and pain assessment in children.
Courses I teach on
Jones, R. in press (2013) Book Review: Grossman, S.C. (2013) Mentoring in Nursing: A dynamic and collaborative process 2nd Edition. Springer Publishing Company: New York. Nurse Education in Practice DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2013.07.006
Baillie, L. Bromley, B. Walker, M. Jones, R. Mhlanga, F. in press (2013) Implementing service improvement projects within pre-registration nursing education: a multi-method case study evaluation. Nurse Education in Practice. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2013.06.006
Jones, R. (article in preparation) Engaging student nurses in self-assessment and OSCE performance - value and application to practice: an action research project.
Jones, R. in press (2013) Book review: Care Planning: A Guide for Nurses, D. Barrett B.Wilson A.Woollands, 2nd Ed, Pearson: Essex. Nurse Education in Practice DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2013.03.006
Jones, R. (2012) Reflecting on the transition from practice to education: the journey to becoming and effective teacher in higher education. Journal of Pedagogic Development 2 (2), pp. 11-15.
Jones, R. in press (2012) Book review of: Transforming Nursing Practice: Nursing in Partnership with Patients and Carers, A. Reed. Learning Matters, Exeter Nurse Education in Practice DOI: 10.1016/j.bbr.2011.03.031.
Unpublished research reports
Baillie, L., Bromley, B., Jones, R., Mhlanga, F., Walker, M. (2012) The implementation of a service improvement initiative within University of Bedfordshire's pre-registration nursing curriculum. A report for South Central SHA and East of England SHA.
Jones, R. (2012) Oral presentation: Engaging student nurses in self-assessment of OSCE performance - value and application to practice: an action research project. Royal College of Nursing Education Forum Conference and Exhibition, Harrogate.
Jones, R. (2011) Oral presentation: Reflecting on the transition from practice to education: the journey to becoming an effective teacher in higher education. International Networking for Education in Healthcare Conference, Cambridge. Prize: Awarded Best First Time Presenter.
Baillie, L., Bromley, B., Jones, R. Walker, M., Logan, J., Garvin, A. (2011) Oral presentation: A partnership approach to implementing service improvement methods into pre-registration nursing education and implications for future developments. International Networking for Education in Healthcare Conference, Cambridge.
Baillie, L., Bromley, B. Jones, R. Walker, M. (2011) Oral presentation: An evaluation of students' experiences of learning about service improvement in healthcare within the pre-registration nursing curriculum. University of Bedfordshire Conference - Impacts and Outcomes.
Baillie, L., Black, S., Madden, B., Leggetter, S., Jones, R. (2011) Oral presentation: Research and evaluation: a framework for learning, teaching and assessment across courses for healthcare students. University of Bedfordshire Conference - Impacts and Outcomes.
Service user involvement is a fundamental part of preregistration nursing education programmes, however achieving this for child nursing students is challenging. Service user involvement can be achieved through online forums but this method can lack the emotional interaction and opportunity for deep reflection.
This article reviews the background and challenges of service user involvement in preregistration child nursing programmes, further exploring the evaluation of a group of final year child nursing students’ experience of appreciating the journey of two service users. The input from service users provided the opportunity for reflection, empathy and improved student self-awareness in nursing practice.
Students gained perspective of the holistic needs of the service user, which empowered them to have confidence in their communication skills to ensure the voice of the child is heard and their rights are upheld. This article concludes that service user involvement is crucial in preregistration nursing programmes for the development of child nursing students, not only affecting their training but also the future workforce.