Department:School of Nursing & Midwifery
Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery
Anita is a health visitor by trade and moved into nurse education in 2001. She has always had an interest in public health. Throughout her time as a health visitor and now as a lecturer and in her current role as SCPHN Course Lead, she has remained research active and acknowledges the need to ensure all students engage in evidence based practice and understands its importance in care provision. She believes that public health and its many facets are essential to community specialist practice and that in ensuring practice is continuously challenged and through collaboration with other health professionals the profession can address major public health issues.
Since joining Anglia Ruskin University, Anita has undertaken a Masters in Public Health and commenced a Professional Doctorate in September 2014. The Masters has given her the opportunity to explore public health issues, locally, nationally and globally and the dissertation allowed her to explore issues around public health, mainly smoking and the perceived effect of student nurses smoking on the provision of patient/client support and education. She intends to explore public issues further within her professional doctorate.
Collaboration is essential to working within public health and because of this Anita is a member of the CPHVA and the UKSC. The UKSC is a body of professional educators looking at the education of specialist community public health nurses which enables the discussion and exploration and facilitation of change within courses to meet the ever changing practice field. Other roles include honorary treasurer at the UKSC which enabled her to widen this participation and collaboration to extend to not only the NMC and the Department of Health but other organisations involved in the education and training other professions working in the community. Just recently Anita finished a four year stint as External Examiner for the SCPHN course at Oxford Brookes.
Anita's research interests have originated from health visiting. Her Masters project involved primary research investigating the smoking habits of student nurses, the choices they made and what influence this life style choice had on their ability to support patients in smoking cessation. She is expanding this further within her Professional Doctoral project to explore student nurses knowledge of obesity and how this supports them to support patients.
Early Years conference – the Six High Impact Areas