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Linda East

Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Linda East undertook her nurse training at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington and qualified as a registered general nurse in 1986. She has experience delivering nursing care in emergency, medicine and elderly care settings.

Prior to nurse training, Linda completed a BSc in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Southampton, gaining a disciplinary foundation that has underpinned her career in practice, education and research. Her doctoral research focused on the reception of asylum seekers dispersed to a provincial English city, exploring questions of hospitality and solidarity at the limits of state welfare provision.

Since joining the University of Nottingham as a lecturer in 1992, Linda has taken pride in designing and delivering innovative nursing education programmes. As Course Director for the MSc Advanced Nursing programme, she has been instrumental in the graduation of more than 200 home and international graduates. She has a national and international profile in advanced nursing practice as a committee member of the UK Association of Advanced Practice Educators (AAPE) and the International Council of Nurses Nurse Practitioner/Advanced Nursing Practice Network.

Linda has a strong interest in working internationally. She has worked with University's International Office to support international scholarship schemes such as 'Developing Solutions', and engages in collaborative projects with overseas partners. Linda is a Trustee of a charity supporting the work of a Ghanaian NGO, 'Dream Big Ghana', allowing her to practically express her commitment to health, development and sustainability.

Expertise Summary

Teaching expertise:

  • Adult nursing, especially renal care and cardiac rehabilitation
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Curriculum design and quality enhancement
  • Health, sustainability and human rights

Currently supervising the following doctoral research projects:

  • The influence of an Acute Pain Team on postoperative pain management in Jordan: a comparative case study (Atef Al-Tawafsheh)
  • Decision making in End Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) in Ghana: exploring the quandaries (Edward Appiah Boateng)
  • Implementing user-designed multimedia learning objects (RLOs) in clinical nurse education in Saudi Arabia (Hadeel Lamphon)
  • Young men's perspectives on health and a healthy body (Danielle Mills)

Recently completed PhD supervision:

  • A preoperative education intervention to improve postoperative recovery among Chinese cardiac patients: a randomised controlled trial (Ping Guo, 2012)
  • The health experiences of Eritrean refugee families in the UK (Haggi Michael, 2013)
  • A phenomenological study exploring parental experiences of caring for infants with Pierre Robin Sequence managed with nasopharyngeal airways (Karine Latter, 2014

Teaching Summary

Areas of expertise in teaching:

  • Advanced nursing (and related topics)
  • Adult nursing
  • Conceptual frameworks for practice improvement
  • Qualitative research methods and analysis
  • Global health and sustainability

Educational Leadership:

  • Course Director, MSc Advanced Nursing
  • Convener for MSc modules Theory and Practice of Advanced Nursing, Dissertation
  • External Examiner (The University of Liverpool and National University of Ireland, Cork)

Quality and standards:

  • Member of University's Quality and Standards Committee 2012-2013 (representing Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)
  • Academic lead for assessment (postgraduate)

Research Summary

Person-centred counselling in cardiac rehabilitation. NIHR Research Capability Funding, Nottingham City PCT. £18,849 (April 2013 - January 2015), with David Murphy, Jacqui Radford and Patrick… read more

Selected Publications

Other responsibilities

  • Associate partner on the Improving Nurse Education and Practice in East Africa (INEPEA) project (2006-2008)
  • Member of the Cancer and Associated Specialities Practice Learning Team (Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, QMC Campus)
  • Member of Placement Audit Team (Nottingham)
  • Member of Nottingham University NHS Trust Nursing & Midwifery Education Steering Group

Current Research

Person-centred counselling in cardiac rehabilitation. NIHR Research Capability Funding, Nottingham City PCT. £18,849 (April 2013 - January 2015), with David Murphy, Jacqui Radford and Patrick Callaghan) Decision-making in end stage kidney disease in Ghana: exploring the ethical and practical context. Wellcome Trust, Ethics & Humanities Small Grant programme, £3,600 (March - June 2013, with Edward Appiah Boateng)

The experiences of post-registration students 'sharing' learning at Level 3 & Level 4. School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy. £3000 (January - July 2013, with Jan Royal, John McLuskey and Jayne Marshall)

Advanced nursing practice in the UK: NUH case study. School of Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy. £1920 (for Graduate Support Assistant (Leslie Fisher), December 2012 - July 2013)

No-flush! Evaluating a community eco-sanitation project in Dzita-Abgladomi, Ghana. University of Nottingham 'Cascade' award. £8900 (Summer 2013)

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