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Lecturer (Education)

Career Pathway

Career Directions

  • Research & Development
  • Education

Area of Practice

  • Adult Nursing


  • Education Provider

Job/Role Summary

I provide high quality teaching of Adult Nursing, for both pre and post registration programmes, engage in scholarly activity, and contribute to the administration as well as outreach activity within the QUB's School of Nursing.


Specific qualifications and experience required

Primary degree, Higher degree (Masters or equivalent in a relevant subject area), registered with the NMC as a Registered Nurse (Adult Field) on Part 1 of the Register. A willingness to undertake a Post Graduate Teaching qualification- PGCE or equivalent if not already completed. There are a number of other essential and desirable criteria for the role that may apply.


Career Milestones

I have considerable experience as an adult nurse but my most significant experience in practice is as a community nursing sister. It is in the community setting that I developed my knowledge and skills in patient assessment, multi-disciplinary team working and health promotion and prevention. I have been able to put this knowledge and experience to good use in my teaching role. While working in the community I completed an MSc in Nursing with a focus on the health and well-being of Older People and went on then to complete my PGCE. I have continued to study and have recently completed a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.  


What attracted you to this job?

The opportunity for personal development/career advancement and to share some of my experience and passion for nursing with nursing students.


Enjoyable aspects of the job/role

Seeing students' increasing confidence and competence

The relationship that I have with students

The supportive relationship I have with my team colleagues 


Challenging aspects of the job/role

The work is never finished and the hours can be long

Can be difficult to plan at times as more important issues that need dealt with can arise

Meeting the many deadlines set

Challenging student behaviour


Important success factors

Structured induction to the role

Support from an experienced mentor

The support of colleagues on the team and in the clinical setting

Structured career pathway

Being resilient


Advice for those considering the type of job/role?

Think through whether you are ready to make the move from practice and leaving patients

Consider all aspects of the job and not just the teaching part, in particular, the requirement to undertake scholarly activity

Be prepared to work long hours


Key skills that can be gained within this job/role?

My skills in teaching and learning have been enhanced

My knowledge and use  of innovative teaching and learning strategies has increased  

Enhanced writing skills

I have increased knowledge in my area of expertise

Negotiation and collaboration skills

I have been able to develop my research skills


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