Mrs Melanie Rushton

School of Health & Society

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Current positions

Head of Adult Nursing


Melanie is the Head of adult nursing at the University of Salford. This role involves leading and managing the team of professionals delivering the adult nursing programme, educating the future nurses. Melanie’s role is key in strategic development of new programmes and strategic planning within the school of health and society in areas such as admissions and recruitment, quality and enterprise.
Melanie has worked at the University for 14 years and during that time has undertaken various roles including clinical skills lead and programme leader developing curriculum and ensuring close links with colleagues in clinical practice.
Melanie has a clinical background as a Registered Adult Nurse in cardiology and critical care nursing. Currently Melanie is working towards a PhD and has created a number of projects, in collaboration with colleagues from across the University and hospital trusts, to enhance student nurse education experience through the use of simulation, including virtual reality and augmented reality.
Melanie has published a number of journal papers disseminating the research that has been carried out so far. Melanie is passionate about nursing and strives to ensure the students are prepared to be confident and competent in clinical practice through the use of a variety of educational pedagogies and technologies.

Areas of Research

Nurse education, simulation, augmented, virtual reality

Qualifications and Recognitions

  • PGCE

  • Master in Education (Research)