Pauline Kingston

Senior Lecturer/Course Leader

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:School of Nursing and Midwifery

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Nursing and midwifery

Research Supervision:Yes

Pauline Kingston is a senior Registered General Nurse with 35 years experience in acute care, community and higher education. Pauline has had a varied and diverse career working at senior grades in teaching hospitals and community settings in central London, rural Cambridgeshire and the US Air Force.


Clinical experience has involved working independently, leading and managing teams of senior nurses and instrumental in setting up many new and innovative nurse-led services. For the past 18 years Pauline has been actively involved within the Royal College of Nursing to help shape and inform national policy and has 12 years experience in higher education.

Research interests

Pauline is currently undertaking part-time doctoral studies. Her research focus is Exploring the experiences of newly qualified Registered Nurses working on general medical and surgical wards: Have they been prepared adequately for contemporary nursing practice?

Areas of research supervision

  • BSc Hons Registered Nurse
  • MSc programmes


Pauline has extensive experience of teaching and assessing at level 6 (BSc) and level 7 (MSc). Her areas of expertise include management and leadership, medicines management, advanced clinical assessment, care of dying patients and families, symptom management, health promotion, mentorship and clinical supervision.

She is also a personal tutor for Pre-registration nursing - BSc (Registered Nurse) adult branch.


  • Registered General Nurse (RGN)
  • District Nurse (DN)
  • NMC (Specialist Practitioner)
  • NMC Lecturer
  • Nurse Prescriber
  • MSc Psycho-social Palliative Care (Southampton University)
  • PG Cert MedEd
  • Principal Fellow (Higher Education Academy).

Additional post-qualification education

  • Management and leadership in Health Care (NHS Modernisation Agency)
  • Advanced clinical assessment
  • Care of dying patients and families
  • Political Leadership programme (RCN Institute)
  • Clinical effectiveness & Governance through clinical supervision (RCN Institute)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Board Member (RCN Eastern region)
  • RCN Palliative Nurses Forum (former Chair)
  • RCN Research Society
  • RCN Cancer Society
  • Peer reviewer for Nurse Researcher
  • External examiner: Stirling University (Scotland)
  • External examiner: Glyndwyr University (Wales)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society of Nursing
  • Cambridge Nursing Society

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

External examiner: Stirling University (Scotland)

External examiner: Glyndwyr University (Wales)

Selected recent publications

Sykes, C., Durham, W. and Kingston, P. (2013). Role of Facilitators in delivering high quality practice education. Nursing Management, 19(9), pp.16.22

Durham, W. J., Kingston, P., and Sykes, C. (2012). Implementing a sign off mentor preparation workshop—A tripartite approach. Nurse education today, 32(3), pp.273-277.

Recent presentations and conferences

2014. RCN Education Conference (Harrogate). Experiences of newly qualified RNs – research methodology.

2014. Sigma Theta Tau International Society.Annual conference. Presentation of research. Cambridge.

2013. PhD Student annual research Conference (Cambridge). Poster presentation. 1st prize awarded.

2012. RCN Education Conference (Harrogate). Implementation of NMC Sign-off Standards in Practice Education. Concurrent session.

Media experience

Contributions to short articles and letters in national nursing journals (Nursing Times, Nursing Standard) over past 25 years.

Interviewed on local radio and press reports mainly in response to setting up of new clinical services.

Filmed (contribution to CD) produced for national initiative by Royal College of Nursing to promote nursing as a career.