Portrait of Mrs Nicola Mitchell Mrs Nicola Mitchell

n.mitchell@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473400



Biography

I am a Lecturer in the child nursing team. My clinical experience is in general paediatrics, particularly with responsibilities in the management of high dependency beds within a district general setting. During my time in clinical practice I have been involved in various service improvement initiatives including leading the productive ward programme for a 35 bedded unit and in developing and implementing training programmes for qualified staff. I am an experienced mentor and sign off mentor and have facilitated many newly qualified staff during preceptorship. I have a strong working knowledge of current practice and have strong links with practice areas. I hold a postgraduate certificate in health professional education and I am registered with the NMC as a teacher. 

  • Nov 2015 – Present: Lecturer in Children’s Nursing, University of Huddersfield
  • Sept 2015 – Nov 2015: Lecturer Practitioner in Children’s Nursing, University of Huddersfield
  • Feb 2015 – Aug 2015: Acting Ward Manager (Secondment), Children’s Ward, Calderdale Royal 
  • Dec 2012- Nov 2015: Sister, Children’s Ward, Calderdale Royal 
  • May 2009- Nov 2012: Staff Nurse, Children’s Ward, Calderdale Royal 
  • May 2006 – May 2009: Student Nurse, University of Manchester 
  • Jan 2005 – May 2006: Healthcare assistant, Children’s Ward, Calderdale Royal Hospital
     

Research and Scholarship

As part of my master’s dissertation I have carried out a study into the attitudes of children’s nurses toward health promotion for overweight children, during hospital admissions. This has been published in Nursing Children and Young people and has been presented a national and international conference.

I am now working towards a PhD, studying the impact of advanced life support training in nurses on the care of children.

Esteem

  • I am a registered children’s nurse and teacher with the NMC
  • I am a fellow of the higher education academy
  • I am an instructor for the Advanced Paediatric Life Support course
  • In 2015 I won the post graduate student award from Research in Child Health

Research Degree Supervision

I am interested in supervising undergraduate and master’s students on projects around the following subjects;

  • Childhood obesity
  • Health Promotion, particularly in acute settings
  • Acute care of children
  • High dependency care for children

Teaching and Professional Activities

I am the associate for children’s nursing on the undergraduate modules HFG 1000 (Professional development and research), HFN 2002 (Fundamentals of Nursing Practice) and HIN 2000 (Nursing concepts and care approaches). I teach the child nursing students across the 3 year BSc Nursing programme. I am also a module associate on the post reg top up module HHH2004 (Project for Healthcare Professionals). I am the moderator for HFN 2000 (Foundations of Nursing 1). I am an admissions tutor for BSc Nursing (children). I am the link tutor for the children’s unit, diabetes nurses and epilepsy nurses at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS trust and several health visiting teams in Calderdale and Mid Yorkshire.