Melanie Rushton

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Mary Seacole Room MS 2.52

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Current positions

Lecturer in Adult Nursing


My clinical experience is in cardiology working on coronary care, Critical care and in the Cardiac catheter lab.

In my present role I am programme leader for undergraduate student nurses adult field of practice. I am also basic life support lead.

I am currently studying towards a PhD and my research focus is on education for resuscitation and acute care skills.

Areas of research

Nursing, Simulation, Technology Enhanced Learning, Clinical Skills, Pedagogy


I am programme leader for the March intake student nurses (Adult field of practice). This involves management of the day to day delivery of the programme, ensuring a positive learning experience as well as monitoring, reviewing and enhancing programme content and delivery.

I have had module leadership experience for the Yr 1 Semester 1 module Foundations of Nursing Knowledge and Practice responsible for coordinating the delivery of the module. In my role as lecturer in adult nursing I am part of modules both undergraduate and post graduate relevant to my experience and field of practice.

I am part of the High Fidelity Simulation team and regularly use simulation in teaching. I am part of the AIMS team and teach on the acute illness management course. I teach a variety of clinical skills.

I am involved in recruitment and selection interviewing, exam invigilation, personal tutoring and am a University link lecturer.

Research Interests

My professional background is in Cardiology. The focus for my research interest is Resuscitation training and training of Cardiology Nurses in acute skills. I have recently completed a study which involved student nurses doing basic life support in different environments. My current research is looking at the confidence and competence of students nurses in CPR following a variety of different training methods.

My interests also include the education and confidence for CABG patients and have prepared a publication with colleagues looking at person centred care for patients who have undergone CABG.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • Diploma HE in Nursing (Adult)
  • Registered Nurse (Adult)
  • Registered Nurse Teacher
  • NVQ level 3 in IT
  • NVQ level 3 in Supervisory Management
  • BA (Hons) Health Studies (Health Promotion) 2:1
  • University Advanced Certificate in Coronary Care Nursing (ENB 124)
  • N41 Critical Care Skills certificate
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • MA Education (Research) (awarded with merit)
  • Advanced Life Support (ALS) Instructor for the Resuscitation Council
  • Good Clinical Practice online (Epigeum online course) 12th February 2017