Writtle University College and ARU have merged. Writtle’s full range of college, degree, postgraduate and short courses will still be delivered on the Writtle campus. See our guide to finding Writtle information on this site.

Dr Naim Abdulmohdi

Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Midwifery and Community Health
Areas of Expertise:
Nursing and midwifery
Research Supervision:

Naim is Senior Lecturer and Director of Quality Improvement Research. His expertise in critical care nursing and his research focuses on clinical simulation, health workforce and clinical decision making. He works on research projects concerning using clinical simulation, clinical decision-making research, patients, and staff experience.

[email protected]

Follow Naim on Twitter


Naim has worked in various critical care settings since 2001, including general and cardiothoracic critical care at Royal Papworth Hospital. He has developed and led numerous modules and courses in critical care, showcasing extensive experience in curriculum development for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Serving as an external examiner in critical care nursing, Naim holds roles in internationally distinguished institutions such as King’s College London and University College Dublin. He actively contributes to the Critical Care Doctoral European Nurses Group (CCDEN), engaging in collaborative research in critical care.

Naim's research focuses on clinical simulation, clinical competency, staff and patient experiences, health workforce research, and the use of mixed-method research designs. As a member of the health workforce research group and NIHR Academy Committee for Clinical Doctorate, Naim leads the simulation interest research group and the mixed-methods research interest group.

Research interests
  • Clinical simulation
  • Clinical decision making
  • Patient and staff experience
  • Health workforce research
  • Critical care and patient safety
Areas of research supervision

Naim would be pleased to consider supervising doctoral students with the following research interests/topics - especially related to clinical decision making, simulation and critical care nursing

  • Clinical decision making and clinical reasoning
  • Clinical simulation
  • Students and staff experience
  • Staff resilience and retention
  • Critical care and patient safety

Recent and current doctoral supervision:

  • Exploring whether using a video analysis coaching application will enhance paediatric student nurses’ competency in venepuncture and cannulation: a mixed method research study
  • Advanced Nurse Practitioners' knowledge and utilization of the biosciences: a mixed method research study
  • Exploring Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Referrals in the East of England: A Case Study
  • Validating radial artery assessment techniques to support clinician’s clinical decision on the suitability of harvested conduits for patients undergoing coronary bypass grafting surgery.
  • Neurological Patterns of Sensory Integration in Children with Psychological Trauma and their assessment pathway
  • How does working virtually affect wellbeing and performance at work?
  • Investigate Critical Care (CC) nurses' perceptions of autonomous learning

Naim leads a range of courses and modules in acute and critical care nursing. He leads the following courses/modules:

  • MSc Advanced Critical Care Practitioners (ACCP)
  • PG Cert Critical Care
  • Advanced Critical Care
  • Critical Care Transfer
  • Recognising and Responding to the Acutely Ill Patient
  • Ensuring the Safety of Patients Experiencing Acute Illness
  • PhD
  • PG Cert Medical and Healthcare Education (PG Cert MHE)
  • MSc Advance Practice - Critical Care
  • BSc Nursing Studies
Memberships, editorial boards
  • 2005-present. Registered Nurse with NMC
  • 2010-present. Member of Intensive Care Society (ICS)
  • 2021-present. Member of British Association of Critical Care Nursing (BACCN)
  • 2017-present. Critical Care Doctoral European Nurses Group (CCDEN)
  • 2015-2018. Member of Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH)
  • 2005-2021. Member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
  • 2015-present. Reviewer for European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing (EJCN)
  • 2018-present. Reviewer for Nurse Education Today
  • 2022-Present. Reviewer for Nursing in Critical Care
Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

2023. MSE ICS: Information sharing and technology-based enhancing patient discharge from secondary to primary care settings (£221,000), PI.

2022. Health Education England and Council of Deans for Health funded simulation research evaluation project (£20,000), Co-PI and Lead of Phase 1: exploring the national institutional’ readiness for simulation-based learning in pre-registration nursing programme.

2021-2023. NHS England, Knowledge Exchange Funding, Professional Nurse Advocate (PNA) Training project to support staff resilience and wellbeing (£1,010,000), Project Lead.

2022: ESNEFT funded research evaluation of Professional Nurse Advocate (PNA) and the role relationship on clinical staff retention and wellbeing (£518,000), Co-PI.

2022. ARU Health, Performance and Wellbeing Research: Promoting public well-being through a data-driven, smart, proactive respiratory monitoring and diagnosis ecosystem capable of identifying potential respiratory conditions using Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms (£11,910), Co-PI.

2021. ARU Undergraduate Students Research Internship Award (£1,500), PI. Insight into the experiences of first year student nurses who, through the Covid pandemic studied online and the perceived impact on their readiness to clinical practice.

2015. Students’ satisfaction of high-fidelity simulation and its impact on students clinical reasoning score by Anglia Teaching and Learning (£3,500), PI.

Selected recent publications

Abdulmohdi, N. and Edmonds, M. (2024) 'Nursing management of the cardiac surgical patient'. In: Carver, K. and Wise, A. (Eds) (2024) Cardiac Nursing. 3rd edn. Elsevier (forthcoming).

Edmonds, M. and Abdulmohdi, N. (2024) 'The applied anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system'. In: Carver, K. and Wise, A. (Eds) (2024) Cardiac Nursing. 3rd edn. Elsevier (forthcoming).

Abdulmohdi, N. (2023) 'The relationships between nurses’ resilience, burnout, perceived organisational support and social support during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic: a quantitative cross-sectional survey', Nursing Open. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1002/nop2.2036

Flack, L. and Abdulmohdi, N. (2023) 'Delivering professional nurse advocate preparation module: the Professional Nurse Advocate role, benefits and challenges', Nursing Times [online], 119, pp. 11.

Engward, H., Goldspink, S., Abdulmohdi, N. and Alexander, M. (2023) 'Understanding Professional Advocacy: A Mixed Method Protocol to Explore Professional Nurse Advocacy and Professional Midwifery Advocacy in one UK NHS Trust', Research Square. Available at: https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-3740297/v1

Abdulmohdi, N. and McVicar, A. (2023) 'Nursing students’ perceptions of high-fidelity simulation experience to clinical practice and learning decision making skills: a qualitative study', Sage Nursing Open (under review).

Abdulmohdi, N. and McVicar, A. (2022) 'Investigating the clinical decision making of undergraduate nursing students using high fidelity simulation, observation and think aloud techniques: a mixed method research design', Journal of Advanced Nursing. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/JAN.15507

Abdulmohdi, N. (2013) 'Is introducing a national early warning score (NEWS) worth the cost?' Nursing Standard, 27(26), p. 30. Available at: https://doi.org/10.7748/ns2013.

Recent presentations and conferences

Abdulmohdi, N., Tuckwell, A., Goldspink, S. and Engward, H. (2024) 'Exploring the integration and impact of nurse and midwifery advocate roles on staff well-being and retention: a cross sectional survey study', RCN Education Forum and National Conference, April 2024.

Abdulmohdi, N. (2023) 'The relationships between resilience, burnout and perceived support among nurses during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic: cross-sectional survey', RCN International Nursing Research Conference 2023, University of Manchester, 5-8 September.

Abdulmohdi, N. (2023) 'Factors affected nurses' burnout and resilience during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic', Cambridge University Hospital (CUH) Annual Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Professional Research Conference, Cambridge, 16 June.

Abdulmohdi, N. (2022) 'Perceived benefits of a simulation experience to nursing students’ clinical practice and learning decision making skills', NETNEP 2022: 8th International Nurse Education Conference, Sitges, 19-22 October.

Abdulmohdi, N. (2022) 'Using a theory-based model of clinical decision making to enhancing learning through simulation, NETNEP 2022: 8th International Nurse Education Conference, Sitges, 19-22 October.

Huang, Y. and Abdulmohdi, N. (2019) 'Exploring the feelings and experiences of critical care nurses being deployed to cover shifts in the ward', Intensive Care Society (ICS) State of the Art 2019, Birmingham, 9-11 December. Abstract available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/1751143720915029

Abdulmohdi N. (2017) 'Investigation of nursing students’ clinical decision making using high fidelity simulation', Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) Conference 2017, Telford, 6-8 November.

Abdulmohdi, N. (2016) 'The impact of a structured simulated experience on students’ satisfaction' Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) Annual Teaching and Learning conference, 23 June.

Abdulmohdi, N. (2016) 'Using Multiple Choice Questions to assess higher order (Level 6) thinking', Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) Annual Teaching and Learning conference, 23 June.

Media experience

'Investigating the clinical decision making of undergraduate nursing students using high fidelity simulation', Faculti.net, Nov 2022.