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I qualified as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) in 1991 having completed my training at Calderdale School of Nursing in Halifax. Shortly after qualifying I commenced a post as a Staff Nurse at a Satellite Hospital in Northowram, Halifax. In1993 I relocated to Acute services at the Halifax General Hospital (now Calderdale Royal Hospital).
I gained a post as Senior Sister in 1998, working predominantly on the Medical and Elderly wards, whilst also gaining accreditation as Practice Development Unit in my relevant area. My key focus was continuously upon quality of care and the nurturing of learners. I remained in this role until 2002 when I gained a dual role as Lecturer/Practitioner, a joint appointment with Calderdale NHS Trust (now Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust) and the University of Huddersfield. This role became a full time post as Senior Lecturer in 2003 and developed to an additional remit as Practice and Skills Co-ordinator in 2008.
Teach across pre registration (both Degree and Diploma) and post registration nursing programmes, with particular relation to nursing skills, and care of the Older Person.
Completed a qualitative research project on Sexuality in the Elderly as part fulfilment of BSc (Hons) Health Care Studies in 1997.
Completed a qualitative research project on Staff Satisfaction in Qualified Nurses as part fulfilment of MSc in Health Professional Education (2000).
Observational research exploring the Privacy and Dignity of Older People using Nolan Senses Framework completed on behalf of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust in 2004
Member of a team within the School promoting the use of simulation as a teaching and learning strategy. Involved in a number of research and evaluation studies related to this.
Leading on the development of a touch screen computer programme linked with the production of a series of Essential Nursing Skills DVDs.
Co-Researcher: The effectiveness of simulation in preparing students to competently measure blood pressure in the real-world environment: A comparison between New Zealand and the United Kingdom (pilot study) Co funded by the Strategic Health Authority Yorkshire and Humberside and Ako Aoteraoa: The National Centre of Tertiary Teaching Excellence New Zealand.
Have successfully applied for a sabbatical from University Research Funding to run from January July 2010, I day per week to undertake a 4 stage project in exploration of Rethinking theory and practice : Student nurses perceptions of Simulation in the acquisition of clinical skills in preparation for practice. (Pending publication Nurse Education in Practice NEP D -09-00080)
Undertaking a thesis through Ethnography methodology entitled: An exploration of Simulated Practice as a re-creation of practice environments: The added extra stimuli. This project is as part fulfilment of Professional Doctorate
Covill, C. and Hope, A. (2012) ‘Practice development: implementing a change of practice as a team’ British Journal of Community Nursing , 17 (8), pp. 378-383. ISSN 1462-4753
Hope, A., Garside, J. and Prescott, S. (2011) ‘Rethinking theory and practice: Pre-registration student nurses experiences of simulation teaching and learning in the acquisition of clinical skills in preparation for practice’ Nurse Education Today , 31 (7), pp. 711-715. ISSN 0260-6917
Hope, A., Topping, A. and Nhemachena, J. (2010) ‘Learning through Simulated Practice-An exploration of the learning process’. In: Global Alliance for Leadership in Nursing Educaiton and Science GANES, December 2010, Virginia, USA
Prescott, S., Hope, A. and Fish, M. (2010) ‘Developing essential nursing DVDs: A collaborative project ’. In: Human and Health Sciences Research Open Day, 17 March 2010, University of Huddersfield
Garside, J., Hope, A. and Prescott, S. (2010) ‘Rethinking theory and practice The acquisition of skills and competence for clinical practice: Assessment strategies used. Part 2’. In: Human and Health Sciences Research Open Day, 17 March 2010, University of Huddersfield
Hope, A., Prescott, S. and Garside, J. (2010) ‘Rethinking theory and practice The acquisition of skills and competence for clinical practice: Student nurses experiences. Part 1’. In: Human and Health Sciences Research Open Day, 17 March 2010, University of Huddersfield
Wood, B. and Hope, A. (2010) ‘Simulation The next generation’. In: Human Patient Simulation Network (HPSN) Annual 2010, 02-04 March 2010, Tampa, Florida, USA
Prescott, S., Hope, A. and Garside, J. (2010) ‘Student nurses' experience of simulation in preparation for practice’. In: Human Patient Simulation Network (HPSN) Annual 2010, 02-04 March 2010, Tampa, Florida, USA
Hope, A. and Prescott, S. (2008) ‘Evaluation of Simulated Practice in Pre-Registration Nursing Curriculum.’. In: School of Human and Health Sciences Research Open Day, 10th March 2008, Huddersfield University, UK
Bland, A., Hope, A., Prescott, S., Sutton, A. and Williams, J. (2008) ‘Real simulation’. In: HPSN 08 Conference, 19-20 February 2008, Florida, USA
Kiteley, R., Thomas, P. and Hope, A. (2004) ‘Using digital video in teaching and learning’. In: Teaching and Learning Conference 2004, September 2004, Huddersfield, UK
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