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Melanie Rushton Melanie Rushton

Lecturer in Adult Nursing

Location and contact

Mary Seacole MS2.30

T: 0161 295 6717

Office Times

Monday – Friday variable hours in the office due to teaching and academic commitments

Melanie Rushton

Lecturer in Adult Nursing


I joined the University of Salford in January 2010 as a Lecturer in Adult Nursing. Previously I had been a Clinical Skills Facilitator at the Royal Blackburn Hospital for 2 years. My clinical experience is Cardiology/ critical care. I began my career in Medical Intensive care/ Coronary Care and this later became Critical Care. I spent 10 years in Critical Care/ Coronary Care.  I have also experience of working in the Cardiac Catheter lab.

My academic interests focus on cardiology, clinical skills, resuscitation as well as Educational research.


I began my teaching experience as a mentor on Critical Care where I was lead Mentor for the Unit. I then developed a keen interest in nurse education and was successful in obtaining a 3 year secondment to the University of Manchester as a Teaching Fellow after completing a PGCE. Following this I was successful in gaining the post of Clinical Skills Facilitator at The Royal Blackburn Hospital, and spent the next 2 years teaching undergraduate Medical Students as well as Trust staff a range of Clinical skills. My role was to set up, run and manage the Skills lab as well as organise OSCE’s for the students and clinical placement support. I also have experience of teaching advanced life support as I am a qualified ALS instructor. I am therefore involved in the teaching of ALS skills to Trust staff of different levels. I also teach on the Acute Illness Management Course (AIM).

 My academic interests focus on cardiology, clinical skills, resuscitation as well as Educational research as this was the focus of my Masters degree (MA Education Research)

I am module lead for Foundations of Nursing Knowledge and Practice, which is the first module on the Nursing Degree program. I am also module member of a variety of other modules, including Nursing and Health, Introduction to Adult Nursing, Acute Critical Illness, The Nurse as a Professional, Role Development. I am also part of the new module, Observational Clinical Experience and Simulated Practice (OCE&SP) (MSc Nursing: International).

Research Interests

My current research is looking at the confidence and competence of students nurses in CPR following a variety of different training methods.

Advanced Life Support Training

Cardiology training for nurses/ simulation

Qualifications and Memberships

1999 RN (Adult) Registered Nurse Adult

1999 Diploma HE in Nursing

2001 BA (Hons) Health Promotion

2001 ENB Critical Care course

2001 University Coronary Care Course

2004 PGCE Post Graduate Certificate in Education

2008 MA Education (Research)

2010 Advanced Life Support Instructor status (RESUS council)

2011 Registered Nurse Teacher


1999- Present RCN membership

1999-present NMC membership


Jones, I. & Rushton, M (2012) Circulatory Shock part 1: Overview, causes and types. British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. 7 (11) pp528-533

Jones, I. & Rushton, M. (2012) ‘Circulatory shock part 2: Nursing Management.’ British Journal of Cardiac Nursing. 7 (12) pp 580-585