Boardroom C219, Middlesex University, The Burroughs London NW44BT
In this talk, Professor Helen Allan will argue that using sociology in nursing may provide a useful reply to criticisms of nursing after the Francis Inquiry in 2013.
"I see nursing as fundamentally a social process involving interactions between people (patients, nurses, other members of the healthcare team) which take place within socially constructed contexts that are determined by factors often outside the control of patients and nurses themselves. Nurse education, in which I have spent most of my career, is also a social process where students enter the social world of nursing and learn to be nurses and deliver care in response to patient need. I will draw on my research in two areas, clinical learning and nursing in fertility clinics, to illustrate the potential of being critical and understanding nursing through a sociological lens."
Professor Helen Allan is a Professor of Nursing at Middlesex University, London, UK. Helen registered as a nurse in 1979 and worked for 13 years in acute care, including six years as a ward sister in intensive care at University College Hospital. After her BSc Sociology at the London School of Economics, London University, Helen trained as a nurse teacher and taught social sciences and nursing at Bloomsbury College of Nursing & Midwifery and then at the Royal College of Nursing Institute. Helen completed her PhD in nursing part time at Manchester University in 2000. For many years she worked with Professor Pam Smith at the University of Surrey in the Centre for Research in Nursing and Midwifery Education, becoming Director of the Centre when Pam left until 2012. Helen has held Chairs at the Universities of Surrey, York and since 2014 at Middlesex University. Helen uses feminist research methodologies, qualitative and mixed methods and action research. Her research and practice interests include nursing education, practice learning, health care organizations and reproductive technologies, women's health and midwifery.