I am the Associate Head, in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. I joined RGU in December 2013 from Edinburgh Napier University where I worked in various roles. First as a lecturer in chronic illness, cancer and palliative care and latterly as a Senior Lecturer & Senior Teaching Fellow in the Office of the Vice Principal (Academic).
I trained as a Registered General Nurse at North Lothian College of Nursing and Midwifery and began my career as a clinical nurse in Edinburgh before becoming a research nurse, then lecturer in cancer and palliative care at Marie Curie Cancer Care.
I am an experienced academic leader in the disciplines of nursing, and academic development, academic strategy and practice. In her current role as Associate Head of School she provides strategic leadership, including developing, agreeing and monitoring strategic plans. This includes ongoing monitoring of key performance indicators and evaluation of new initiatives. Karen has considerable experience of ensuring compliance with regulatory bodies and official governance such as the Nursing Midwifery Council, NHS Education Scotland and the Scottish Government Health Department. In past roles Karen has been responsible for the leadership of key strategic projects including, the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy and education research whilst at Edinburgh Napier University. Karen is also a Florence Nightingale/Council of Deans of Health Leadership Scholar 2016.
I am a role model and mentor for participants on the Leadership Foundation Aurora programme which aims to develop leadership potential of women in higher education. This involves mentoring and coaching staff from within and external to my organisation. My own leadership style is one of distributed leadership where staff are encouraged to develop their own leadership capability and to flourish to the benefit of my organisation.
I have a sustained track record of publishing in peer reviewed journals, book chapters and international conference presentations. My research outputs have been included in the REF 2014 and RAE 2008 for the nursing submission at Edinburgh Napier University. I completed a PhD in 2013 which was a qualitative study on the biographical impact of a new diagnosis of MS and have since published in the Jorunal of Advanced Nursing. I am also a founding editor of the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, a journal aimed at developing early career academics in all aspects of publishing (www.jpaap.napier.ac.uk ) and peer reviewer for a number of academic nursing journals. I am on the international advisory board for Nurse Education in Practice. I contribute to the wider research community as a grants panel reviewer for NIHR and the MS Society.
I am married to Mark and we have three children, two dogs, two cats, six hens and some fish!
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