Michael Traynor came to Middlesex University in 2004 after working at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in the only policy research centre focussing on research in nursing and the allied health professions
MA (Cantab.) English Literature, Trinity Hall, Cambridge
PhD Department of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, Nottingham University
RGN Cambridge and Huntingdon School of Nursing
RHV Polytechnic of the Southbank
Joint lead of the Centre for Critical Research in Nursing and Midwifery
Professor of Nursing Policy
Books and book chapters
Traynor, M. in preparation. Stories of Resilience: tales from the frontline of nursing. London, Routledge.
Traynor, M. 2017 Critical Resilience for Nurses: an evidence-based guide to survival and change in today’s NHS. Routledge.
Allan, H., Traynor, M., Kelly, D., Smith, P. (2016) Understanding Sociology in Nursing. Sage. ISBN 9781473913592
Traynor, M. (2013) Nursing in Context: policy politics profession. Basingstoke, Palgrave. ISBN: 978–0–230–36873–6
Traynor, M (2013) Discourse Analysis. in Ed. Beck, C. The Routledge International Handbook of Qualitative Nursing Research. ISBN-13: 978-0415673563
Traynor, M (2010) Why Healthcare Research? in Eds. Roberts, P & Priest, H. Healthcare Research: a handbook for students and practitioners. Oxford, Wiley. ISBN: 978-0-470-51932-5
Traynor, M. (1999) Managerialism and nursing: beyond profession and oppression. London, Routledge
Rafferty, A.M., Newell, R and Traynor, M. (2004) Research and development: Policy and capacity building. In Nursing Research in Context; appreciate, application and professional development. Eds. Freshwater, D and Bishop, V. Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan pp. 22 - 44
Traynor, M. (2004) Nursing, managerialism and evidence based practice: the constant struggle for influence. in: Unmasking Health Management: a critical text Eds. Learmonth M. and Harding, N. Hauppage, Nova Science
Peer reviewed articles in journals
Buus, Nielsand Delgado, Cynthia and Traynor, Michael and Gonge, Henrik (2017) Resistance to group clinical supervision: a semi-structured interview study of non-participating mental health nursing staff members. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. ISSN 1445-8330 DOI: 10.1111/inm.12365. Available online.
Traynor, M., and Buus, N. (2016) Professional Identity in Nursing: UK students’ explanations for poor standards of care. Social Science and Medicine.Vol 166 p. 186-194 doi: 1016/j.socscimed.2016.08.024
Kelly, D., Kent, B., McMahon, A., Taylor, J., Traynor, M. (2016) Impact case studies submitted to REF 2014: The hidden impact of nursing research. Journal of Research in Nursing. Vol. 21, No. 4 pp. 256-268 DOI: 10.1177/1744987116646153
Traynor, M., Nissen, N., Lincoln, C., & Buus, N. (2015). Occupational closure in nursing work reconsidered: UK health care support workers and assistant practitioners: A focus group study. Social science & medicine. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.05.020
Traynor, M. (2014) Caring after Francis: moral failure in nursingJournal of Research in Nursing, 19 (7-8). pp. 546-556. ISSN 1744-9871
Liu, L.Q.,Moody, J., Traynor, M., Dyson, S., Gall, A. (2014) Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine 2014 Jun 26. [Epub ahead of print] A systematic review of electrical stimulation for pressure ulcer prevention and treatment in people with spinal cord injuries. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24969965.
Traynor, M. and Evans, A. (2014) Nursing Philosophy Slavery and jouissance: analysing complaints of suffering in UK and Australian nurses’ talk about their work. Article first published online: 15 FEB 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/nup.12051
Evans A.M, Glass N., and Traynor M. (2014) Anxiety and surplus in nursing practice: lessons from Lacan and Bataille. Nursing Philosophy Nursing Philosophy. 01/2014; DOI:10.1111/nup.12049
Evans A.M, Traynor M, Glass N. Nursing Inquiry 2013 An exploration of jealousy in nursing: A Kleinian analysis. Nursing Inquiry http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nin.12036/abstract
Traynor, M., Stone, K., Cooke, H., Maben, J. and Gould, D (2013) Disciplinary Processes and the Management of Poor Performance among UK nurses: bad apple or system failure? A Scoping Study. Nursing Inquiry http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nin.12025/abstract
Niedel S, Traynor M, Tamborlane WV, Acerini C, McKee M. Developing parent expertise: A framework to guide parental care following diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes in a young child (Accepted in press) Journal of Health Services Research & Policy.
Niedel, S., Traynor, M., McKee, M. and Grey, M. (2012) Parallel vigilance: Parents' dual focus following diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes mellitus in their young child. Health (London) published online 15 July 2012 and in print Volume 17 Issue 3 May 2013 pp. 246 - 265 DOI: 10.1177/1363459312451180
Stone, K., Traynor, M., Gould, D. and Maben, J (2011) The management of poor performance in nursing and midwifery: a case for concern. Journal of Nursing Management. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2011.01219.x
Buus, N., Angel, S., Traynor, M. and Gonge, H. (2011) "Psychiatric nursing staff members' reflections on participating in group-based clinical supervision: a semi-structured interview study" International Journal of Mental Health Nursing 20, 95–101 doi: 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2010.00709.x
Traynor, M., Boland, M. and Buus, N. (2010) Professional Autonomy In 21st Century Healthcare: Nurses' Accounts Of Clinical Decision-Making. Social Science & Medicine doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.07.029
Buus, N., Angel, S., Traynor, M. and Gonge, H. (2010) Psychiatric hospital nursing staff's ambivalence towards group based clinical supervision: An interview study. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. vol. 31, no. 10, p. 654–661 <
Traynor, M., Boland, M. and Buus, N. (2010) Autonomy, Evidence and Intuition: Findings from a Focus Group Study of Nurses and Decision-Making. Journal of Advanced Nursing. Vol. 66 Issue 7,1584-1591 doi:10.1111/j.1365.2648.2010.05317.x
Traynor, M. (2009) Humanism and its critiques in nursing research literature. Journal of Advanced Nursing Vol. 65 Issue 7, Pp. 1560 - 1567 doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2008.04956.x
Traynor, M. (2009) Implementing a clinical academic career pathway in nursing: criteria for success and challenges ahead (commentary). Journal of Research in Nursing VOL 14 (2) 149–151 DOI: 10.1177/1744987108101952
Traynor, M. (2009) Indeterminacy and technicality revisited: how medicine and nursing have responded to the evidence based movement. Sociology of Health & Illness. 2009;31(4):494-507 Early View, Date: December 2008 DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2008.01146.x
Traynor, M. Davis, K, Drennan, V. Goodman, C, Mark, A., Peacock, R. and Banning M. (2008) 'Nurse entrepreneurs' a case of government rhetoric? Journal of Health Services Research and Policy. January 2008
Drennan, V. Davis, K, Traynor, M. Goodman, C, Mark, A., Peacock, R. Humphrey, C. and Fairley-Murray, S. (2007) Entrepreneurial nurses and midwives in the United Kingdom: an integrative review. Journal of Advanced Nursing 60(5), 459-469
Traynor, M. (2007) A historical description of the tensions in the development of modern nursing in 19th century Britain and their influence on contemporary debates about evidence and practice. Nursing Inquiry. Vol. 14 Issue 4, pp. 299-305
Traynor, M. (2006) Discourse analysis: theoretical and historical overview and review of papers in the Journal of Advanced Nursing 1996 - 2004. Journal of Advanced Nursing. Vol 54 No. 1 pp. 62-72
Traynor, M. (2002) The oil crisis, risk and evidence-based practice. Nursing Inquiry Vol. 9 No. 3 162-169
Lewison, G., Rafferty, A.M. and Traynor, M. (2001) Is nursing research typical of biomedical research? Research Evaluation Vol. 10 No. 2 pp. 97-103
Traynor, M. Rafferty, A.M. and Lewison, G. (2001) Endogenous and exogenous research? Findings from a bibliometric study of UK nursing research. Journal of Advanced Nursing Vol. 34 No. 2 212-222
Short pieces, editorials, letters, etc.
Traynor, M. (2018) Guest editorial: what’s wrong with resilience. Journal of Research in Nursing Volume: 23 issue: 1, page(s): 5-8. Article first published online: February 12, 2018; Issue published: February 1, 2018 https://doi.org/10.1177/1744987117751458
Traynor, Michael (2017) Influencing policy: Who do we speak for and who is ‘we’? Editorial Journal of Research in Nursing 22(5) 338-341
Traynor, M. Forewordin Social Theory and Nursing. Ed. Lipscomb, M. Routledge. 2017
Traynor, M. (2016) Review of Gary Rolfe’s: Exercising the nursing imagination: putting values and scholarship back into research. Journal of Research in Nursing 21(7) 528–529. DOI: 10.1177/1744987116674104
Traynor, M., Allan, H., Dyson, S., Corbett, K. New role raises questions. (2016) Nursing Standard. March 2016 · Nursing standard: official newspaper of the Royal College of Nursing 03/2016; 30(29):26-27. DOI:10.7748/ns.30.29.26.s25
I teach various dissertation modules, mainly for postgraduate programmes for nurses and Health Care Support Workers
Research methods (chiefly qualitative)
A critical view of political and professional issues in nursing
Managerialism in healthcare
Methodological issues including discourse analysis, post-structuralism and psychoanalytic approaches
I currently supervise 7 doctoral students but further students in the field of critical policy analysis for nursing and healthcare are welcome.
Dashtipour, Parisa and Frost, Nollaig and Traynor, Michael (2020) The idealization of 'compassion' in trainee nurses' talk: a psychosocial focus group study. Human Relations . pp. 1-24. ISSN 0018-7267 (Published online first)
Liu, Liang Q. and Chapman, Sarah and Deegan, Rachel and Knight, Sarah L. and Traynor, Michael and Allan, Helen T. and Gall, Angela (2020) Development and preliminary validation of a tool measuring concordance and belief about performing pressure-relieving activities for pressure ulcer prevention in spinal cord injury. Journal of Tissue Viability . pp. 1-6. ISSN 0965-206X (Published online first)
Traynor, Michael (2019) Autonomy and Caring: toward a Marxist understanding of nursing work. Nursing Philosophy , 20 (4). ISSN 1466-7681 (Published online first)
Liu, Liang Q. and Deegan, Rachel and Knight, Sarah L. and Chapman, Sarah and Traynor, Michael and Allan, Helen T. and Gall, Angela (2018) Educational text messaging for pressure ulcer prevention in people living with spinal cord injury who are newly discharged from hospital: A pilot study protocol. In: EPUAP 2018: 20th Annual Meeting of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP), 12-14 Sep 2018, Rome, Italy.
Leliopoulou, Chrysi and Cockerton, Tracey and Traynor, Michael (2018) Trait emotional intelligence: a strategy for managing nurses’ affective wellbeing at work. In: STTIEC2018: STTI 4th Biennial European Conference, 04-06 Jun 2018, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
June 2017: Pan-London Evaluation of the Nursing Associate Pilot £67,360. Michael Traynor, Wendy Knibb and Kay Caldwell. HEE Local Offices
April 2017: Evaluation of rotational posts for nurses in NCEL £19,950. Sinead Mehigan and Michael Traynor. Whittington Health (NHS)
2016 -17: A pilot study to evaluate early interventions for pressure ulcer prevention in people living with spinal cord injury. Rose Tree Trust for £18,491. PI Dr Liang Liu, H Allan M Traynor in collaboration with Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore.
September 2016: Evaluation of the impact of the Care Certificate in three CEPN areas in London. £15,000. Whittington Health.
October 2016: Evaluation of multi-professional learning across HEENCEL; October 2016 - April 2017 £40,000.
April 2016: Scoping review for the FGM Training Strategy. £39,924. NHS England (London Region)
January 2016: Review of Preceptorship literature. £6,336. Health Education England North Central and East London.
December 2013: Education in clinical practice: practice learning, mentorship and supervision. £78,000 Health Education North Central and East London
October 2013: Scoping the role of nurse consultants. £29,000. Health Education England North Central and East London.
July 2012: Evaluation of Preceptorship programme at Whittington Hospital, £18,000. NHS London.
July 2012: Evaluation of Innovations Imperative at Whittington Hospital, £8000. NHS London
December 2011: Evaluation of Graduate Mental Health Worker role, jointly with Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. £65,000. NHS London.
June 2010 Understanding nurse retention: attraction and engagement in nursing practice. Investigators: Dr Alicia Evans (ACU), Professor Michael Traynor (Middlesex University, London) & Professor Nel Glass (ACU/St Vincent's & Mercy Private Hospital). Funder: Australian Catholic University and St Vincent's & Mercy Private Hospital $4,958
January 2010: Scoping Study on Performance concerns in Nursing and Midwifery for the National Clinical Advisory Service, National Patient Safety Agency, with Kings College, London and City University. £50,000, principal investigator
September 2005: Scoping the contribution of nurse entrepreneurs to patient choice with Kings College and University College, London and University of Hertfordshire. NHS Service Delivery and Organisation R&D stream. £92,000, principal investigator
December 2004: Scoping the knowledge and skills of the Children's workforce. Policy scoping Exercise for Barnet Local Authority. £20,000, principal investigator
April 2002: Identifying key success factors in integrated care across the primary/secondary interface. Primary Care Network/ Medical Management Services. £15,000, principal investigator
April 2001: GNC Trust. Dissemination of research in nursing and the reading process. £19,700, principal investigator
December 2000: Promoting Research in Nursing, Midwifery, Health Visiting and Allied Health Professions HEFCE and Department of Health, £75,500 with Anne Marie Rafferty
Invited blog post: Traynor, M. (2018) ‘Why I am pleased that nurses are leaving the NHS’ Invited blog for Foundation of Nursing Studies 23rdJan 2018 https://www.fons.org/common-room/blogs
Interview with Jenifer Trueland for Article in Nursing Standard ‘Resilience is not about trying harder’ 7thFeb 2018. Vol. 32. No. 24
Interview with Andrew Cole, Journalist in: Why nursing research matters. Nursing Standard April 6 Vol 30 No. 32 p.16-18
Interviewed by Leslie Gelling, Editor of Nurse Researcher May 2013, Vol. 20, No. 5 p. 45
Public Q and A with Dr Peter Carter, General Secretary of the RCN at RCN International Research Conference, London, April 2012
"Nurses are 'losing professional identity'" Irish Medical Times. Coverage of keynote address at Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland March 2012 at: http://www.imt.ie/news/health-management/2012/03/nurses-are-losing-professional-identity.html
'Nurses face impossible expectations'. Interview with Nursing Standard November 2011 at: http://nurseresearcher.rcnpublishing.co.uk/campaigns/care-campaign/interview-michael-traynor/
CNO rejects NCAS plea to support nurses Interview about management of poor performance in nursing and midwifery with Nursing in Practice. November 2011 at: http://www.nursinginpractice.com/article/27461/CNO_rejects_NCAS_plea_to_support_nurses
Editor of Health: an interdisciplinary journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine (Sage) and European Editor of Nursing Inquiry (Wiley Blackwell publishing)
Member of the International Editorial Board of the Journal of Advanced Nursing (2001-2006)
British Sociological Association Medical Sociology Group Committee (from 2002 - 2005)
Appointed as member of the Steering Committee of the Royal College of Nursing Research Society
Chair of the Scientific Committee for the RCN International Research Conference from 2013 - 2017
Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Sciences