Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery
Nina is a part-time senior lecturer in midwifery at Anglia Ruskin University. Her interests are in normal and high-dependency midwifery care, anatomy and physiology of child bearing, and improving educational practice to stimulate the learning of student midwives on the pathophysiology of conditions that occur during childbearing to promote effective information giving to parents.
Nina completed her undergraduate degree in nursing in 1992 and worked predominantly in gynaecological nursing before studying to become a midwife in 1995. She has worked as a community midwife, a team midwife in obstetric and midwife led units and as a clinical risk management midwife. She has undertaken clinical audits addressing the timing and outcomes of induction of labour.
Nina has experience in midwifery education since 2006. As a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery she has been responsible for leading and teaching on a number of undergraduate midwifery modules. She is module leader for the continuing professional development module 'Care of the critically unwell woman for midwives'. She also teaches on the undergraduate midwifery curriculum, including neonatal initial physical examination (NIPE), care of women and babies with complex needs and fundamentals of midwifery practice modules. Nina links to students and practitioners, supporting students in practice and is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education.
The experience of facilitative learning of anatomy and physiology by undergraduate student midwives (2009): This study investigated the effectiveness of a facilitative learning approach for anatomy and physiology for student midwives. The study identified that many students questioned found this approach to learning interesting and exciting and gave them ideas for their own summative study methods, particularly when a relevance to midwifery practice was maintained.
Nina is concerned about how midwives can provide a positive birth and postnatal experience for women and babies with medical needs. She is researching how the use of multimedia technology assists educational practice to facilitate the learning of student midwives and their information giving skills to parents who experience neonatal jaundice.
Nina teaches on our BSc Midwifery, and supervises BSc major projects. She is involved in CPD delivery as the module leader for 'Care of the critically unwell woman for midwives', and is a lecturer on the CPD Neonatal Initial Physical Examination course. She is also the personal tutor and link lecturer at Southend University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Whittle, N. and Champion, P., 2015. Group B Streptococcus in Pregnancy: Intrapartum Heath Choices for Women. Primary Health Care, 25(10), pp36-42.
Smethurst, N. (Whittle, N.) and McDonald, S., 2009. Learning for the exam. Community Practitioner, August, 82(8), pp34-35.