Marty is a registered adult nurse with dual professional and education qualifications. Her areas of interest are the professionalisation of nurse education, pre-registration course curriculum and application and maintenance of the academic regulations to all the courses delivered by our faculty.
After becoming a registered nurse in 1996 and specialising in general/bowel surgery in a senior position, Marty joined Anglia Polytechnic University in 2000 as a clinical skills lecturer. Within a year of employment, her interest in nurse education led to promotion to a senior lecturer post with responsibilities for post-registration module leadership along with facilitation of pre-registration nursing groups and teaching in the pre-registration nursing curriculum. In turn, this led to Marty becoming the Common Foundation Pathway Leader in the pre-registration nurse programme, managing curriculum development, administration and daily management of the nursing students’ course. She has now been Director of Studies for several years.
Following the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) review of fitness to practice in the pre-registration nursing programmes, procedures in higher education institutions were strengthened to include character and health, and enable appropriate recommendations for entry to the register (NMC, 2010). From 1 January 2009 the recommendations for all programme providers required a local ‘fitness to practice’ process and panels to consider any health or character issues, and to ensure that public protection was maintained. This process relates to Marty's role as Director of Studies.
Several high-profile cases have heightened the public’s awareness of professionalism and safety, and the question of fitness to practice. It is important to determine the ‘misunderstandings’ of being unfit to practice in nursing and to clarify fitness to practice procedures for pre-registration students between the University and clinical setting. Marty's research aims to explore the ownership tensions between academia and the clinical setting and to examine how this relationship can best be fostered to improve remediation between higher education institutions and practice.
Marty teaches first year student nurses in a session focusing on professionalism and clinical governance. The main aspects of this session are to discuss the collaborative approach to patient safety, nurse education and clinical partnerships between academic and clinical settings.