Department:School of Nursing & Midwifery
Location: Peterborough (Guild House)
Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery
Vanessa is a Registered Nurse with extensive expertise and experience in learning, teaching and assessing. Her current area of research expertise relates to self-compassion and case study methodology.
Vanessa qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1992, working in Emergency Nursing in Salford before moving into Higher Education in 1999. She has extensive experience of pre and post-registration teaching, learning, assessing, curriculum design and curriculum development, and was responsible for the development, approval, implementation and management of the all-graduate nursing curriculum across Essex and Cambridgeshire. Vanessa works collaboratively with external stakeholders across Essex and Cambridgeshire to ensure high-quality, contemporary, fit-for-purpose nurse education. Based in the Peterborough campus, Vanessa is the Teaching and Learning Lead for the Department, supporting and developing innovative, high-quality education for students in nursing, social work, and education, and mentoring other members of academic staff. Vanessa is also the Practice Lead for the nursing course in the Peterborough region, with a role for monitoring and developing the clinical learning environment.
Vanessa’s research interests focus on values, compassion and self-compassion, and effective learning tools to enhance these in pre-registration education.
Waller, V. (2015). Compassion in pre-registration education: students’ experiences of applying self-compassion. In: Partners in Practice. RCN Education Forum National Conference, Nottingham, March 2015.
Waller, V. (2014). Self-compassion: nurturing a better future. In: Everybody’s business – our aging population. Chelmsford, UK, 9 July 2014.
Waller, V. (2013). Compassion in pre-registration education: the development of an effective learning tool. In: Putting people at the heart of nursing care. Phi Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Nursing Honour Society Inaugural Conference Bournemouth, June 2013.