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Prof Alison Steven


Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Alison studied for her first degree in Nursing Studies BSc(Hons) at Northumbria University gaining a first, before taking up a position as staff nurse and completing a PhD at Newcastle University. Her doctoral study investigated clinical skills education for Nurse Practitioners using a discourse analysis approach. She later worked as a research associate, research fellow and then senior research associate in Newcastle University Medical School. In 2008 Alison came back to Northumbria as Senior Lecturer in Knowledge Translation in Public Health working with FUSE (UKCRC funded Centre for Knowledge Translation in Public Health) and in 2011 was appointed to the position of Reader in Health Professions Education. Alison’s research outputs were part of the Research Excellence Framework return for Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy UoA2014.

 Alison has a longstanding interest in education and learning both within and across health professions. She has a longstanding interest in education for Patient Safety and leads the Sharing LearnIng from Practice to improve Patient Safety (SLIPPS) priject, funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European union, which covers 5 countries and several professions. For over a decade Alison has been involved in projects related to mentoring for doctors and in 2014 was awarded the British Medical Association Joan Dawkins research award for a study exploring the relationships between involvement in mentoring activities and doctors health and wellbeing.

 Alison has also been involved in research focusing on: inter-professional education,  education for new roles, developing a National CPD framework for nurses working with older people, practice based education for end of life care, clinical supervision, knowledge translation, the development of Quality Improvement networks across Europe, CPD and workforce development.

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  • Other Courses PGCert November 01 2008
  • Nursing Studies BSc (Hons) November 01 2008
  • Education MSc November 01 2008
  • Nursing Related Studies PhD March 01 1998
  • Nurse Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 2016
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2012

Key Publications

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  • Action after Adverse Events in Healthcare, Liukka , M., Steven, A., Vizcaya Moreno, M., Sara-aho, A., Khakurel, J., Pearson, P., Turunen, H., Tella, S. 30 Jun 2020, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Critical Incident Techniques and Reflection in Nursing and Health Professions Education: a systematic narrative review, Steven, A., Wilson, G., Turunen, H., Vizcaya-Moreno , M., Azimirad, M., Khakurel, J., Porras, J., Tella, S., Pérez-Cañaveras, R., Sasso, L., Aleo, G., Myhre, K., Ringstad, Ø., Sara-Aho, A., Scott, M., Pearson, P. 14 Jan 2020, In: Nurse Educator
  • Discourse Tensions, Jackson, S., Steven, A. 1 Aug 2020, In: Nurse Education Today
  • Using Normalization Process Theory as a Practical Tool Across the Life Course of a Qualitative Research Project, McNaughton, R., Steven, A., Shucksmith, J. 1 Jan 2020, In: Qualitative Health Research
  • Learning to keep patients safe, Allen, H., Magnusson, C., Steven, A. 17 Dec 2019, Routledge International Handbook of Nurse Education, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, Routledge
  • Shared learning from national to international contexts, Steven, A., Tella, S., Turunen, H., Vizcaya-Moreno , M., Pérez-Cañaveras , R., Porras, J., Bagnasco, A., Sasso, L., Myhre, K., Sara-aho, A., Ringstad, Ø., Pearson, P. Jun 2019, In: Journal of Research in Nursing
  • The implementation of an innovative hydration monitoring App in care home settings, Steven, A., Wilson, G., Young-Murphy, L. 29 Jan 2019, In: JMIR Mhealth Uhealth
  • The transition to ‘patienthood’, the contribution of the nursing assistant, Morey, S., Steven, A. 24 Dec 2019, In: Journal of Patient Experience
  • Developing an understanding of informal and non-formal learning between nurses and 5th year medical students, Geddes , J., Steven, A., Bateman, B. 20 Mar 2018
  • Lo svillupo di un scenario sulla sicurezza dei pazienti per student infiermeristici, Bagnasco, A., Aleo, G., Catania, G., Centanaro, R., Steven, A., Pearson, P., Turunen, H., Tella, S., Zanini, M., Sasso, L. 8 Nov 2018

PGR Supervision

  • Dominic Simpson Start: 01/11/2020
  • Ceri Sutherland Start: 01/10/2020
  • James Wade Start: 07/11/2017
  • Leigh Donnelly Start: 01/10/2016
  • Eleanor Price The role of Interprofessional Working (IPW) as a form of Interprofessional Education (IPE) within acute healthcare: a realistic evaluation informed study. Start: 01/10/2015
  • Debra Morgan Learning in Liminality: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Investigation of Student Nurse Learning During a Study Abroad Journey Start: 07/11/2012
  • Edward Geddes Developing an understanding of informal learning interactions between Nurses and final year Medical students in the work place: an ethnographic study Start: 01/09/2015
  • Mabel Okoeki Cervical Screening in Young Women: An Exploration of Issues Associated with Participation and Non-Participation Using a Grounded Theory Start: 13/02/2014
  • Susan Jackson Student Nurse Professionalism: Repertoires and Discourses Used by University Students and Their Lecturers Start: 28/05/2012

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