Jacinta Kelly

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

Department:School of Nursing & Midwifery

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery

Jacinta has a number of research and teaching interests, specifically the history of nursing, nursing identity and pre-registration education. Clinical interests include care of older persons and care of person requiring cardiac care.

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Jacinta Kelly is currently a Senior Lecturer in Nursing at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Having earned her degree of Master of Nursing at University College Cork she held a post at the School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin as lecturer and course co-ordinator of undergraduate BSc (Hons) programmes (Stage 3) across several disciplines, including children’s nursing. A registered nurse, Jacinta has held clinical leadership roles in acute care medical nursing and critical care nursing in Ireland, Germany and the Middle East. Jacinta has taught acute care nursing, research methods and supervised research projects at undergraduate and post – registration and postgraduate level. She is Honorary Secretary of the faculty of Nursing of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, a researcher in the history of nursing, acute and critical care nursing and in the wellbeing of older people. Jacinta holds an h-index of 8.

Research interests

  • History of nursing
  • Nursing identity
  • Pre-registration education
  • Gerontological care
  • Dementia care
  • Cardiac care

Areas of research supervision

  • Undergraduate major project supervision


  • Pre-registration adult nursing teaching and assessment – Level 4 – 6


  • Registered General Nurse
  • H. Diploma Critical Care Nursing
  • Masters in Clinical Nursing
  • Faculty Fellowship Nursing and Midwifery Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Honorary Secretary of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, RcsI
  • Editor BioMed Central Nursing
  • Reviewer Journal of Advanced Nursing
  • Reviewer Journal of Clinical Nursing
  • Reviewer Nurse Education Today
  • Member Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Mu Chapter, International Honor Society of Nursing

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • British Geriatrics Society
  • Martha McMenamin Scholarship
  • Wellcome Trust
  • Roger and Sarah Bancroft Clark Charitable Trust

Selected recent publications

Kelly, J., Watson, R., Pedzeni, A., & Pankratova, M. (2016) Representation of older people in popular music Journal of Advanced Nursing DOI 10.1111/jan.12916

Kelly, J. and Watson, R. (2015). An integrative review of the literature on the teaching of the history of nursing in pre-registration adult nursing education in the UK Nurse Education Today , 35, (2), pp 360–365

Kelly, J. and Watson, R. (2014) Instrument development and validation of a quality scale for historical research papers (QSHRP): a pilot study Journal of Advanced Nursing 70 (12), pp2964–2967

Kelly, J. (2014). Commentary on Editorial Successful failure: good for the self and science. A.M. Clark & D Thompson (2013) Journal of Advanced Nursing 69 (10) pp2145-2147

Kelly, J. (2014). Nursing issues and concerns of care of older people in acute hospital stay in the Republic of Ireland: a Delphi study Journal of Clinical Nursing 23, pp3603–3606

Fealy, G., Kelly, J and Watson, R. (2013). Legitimacy in legacy: historical scholarship published in Journal of Advanced Nursing 1976 – 2011 Journal of Advanced Nursing 69 (8), pp1881-1894

Kelly, J. and Watson, R. (2012). Guest Editorial (Editor’s choice) The ‘good’ apprentice – revisiting Irish nursing’s coming of age Nurse Education Today 33, pp1-2

Kelly, J. Fealy, G. and Watson, R. (2012). The image of you? : constructing nursing Identity in YouTube. Journal of Advanced Nursing 68 (8) pp1804 -1813

Recent presentations and conferences

Kelly, J (2014) Teaching nursing history in pre-registration nurse education programme in UK 33rd Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research & Education Poster Reference Royal College of Surgeons 20th February 2014

Kelly, J & Watson, R., 2012. Quality Scale for Historical Research Papers: Instrument Development and Validation Phase 1-3 University College Cork, School of Nursing and Midwifery Nursing Research Conference 9th November 2012

Fealy, G, Kelly, J & Watson, R. (2012) Historical Inquiry Published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, 1976–2011: A Critical Review International Nursing History Conference Denmark August 9-11 2012 Nursing History in a Global Perspective

Kelly, J, Fealy, GM, & Watson, R (2011). Constructing nursing Identity in YouTube Empowering Nurses and Improving Care Through Better Understanding of Nursing, New Orleans, 15–16 April 2011

Media experience

BBC Radio Cambridge Constructing nursing identities in YouTube Wednesday 27th February 2013

The Telegraph (2013) Constructing nursing identities in YouTube Wednesday 27th February 2013

Irish Senior Citizens Parliament. (2010) Older lifelong learners bring mental capacity to society. Irish Senior Citizens Parliament Website 30th June 2010

Sunday Times (2007) ‘Doctors only pretend to do Resuscitation’ Interview with Jan Battles regarding Research ‘Slow Codes: Perspectives of Nurses and Doctors’ 14th January 2007 pg 5.

Radio Telifis Eireann. (2007). Today with Pat Kenny Monday Interview regarding research Slow codes: perspectives of nurses and doctors’ 21st January 2007. (Live interview broadcast)