Kim trained as a Nurse in Birmingham before qualifying as a Midwife in 1985. She worked as a clinical midwife in Worcestershire for fourteen years before moving to Higher Education in 2000 to teach on the first Midwifery degree program at the University of Worcester. During her career she has taught on a number of pre and post-registration Midwifery programs, worked as an educator developer and programme lead for the BSc. (Hons) Midwifery at the University of Worcester. Kim joined the School of Health Sciences as Head of Midwifery Education and also leads leads on Postgraduate Education
As an educator, my aim is to prepare students for professional practice and develop their capacity to lead and enlarge the midwifery profession. My teaching of physiological birth is based on the… read more
Current research interests include students' experiences of reflective learning and assessment on professional degree programs and the student transition to Higher Education.
Russell, K (2017) Factors that support change in the delivery of midwifery led care in hospital settings. A review of current literature. Women and Birth. Journal of the Australian College of Midwives (In Print)
Russell, K. Walsh, D. Scott, I and McIntosh, T (2014) Effecting change in midwives waterbirth practice behaviours on labour: An Action Research Study. Midwifery http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2013.11.001
Russell, K. Scott, I. Weaver, L. Upton, P. (2012) An evaluation of a program of lunchtime staff/student engagement seminars in two discipline areas: was it worth it? Compendium of Effective Practice: Proven ways to improve student retention and success, Higher Education Academy: London.
Russell, K (2011). Planning for adversity: building resilience. In Snow, S. Get into Nursing and Midwifery. A Guide to Application and Career Success, pages 124-129 Russell, K (2011) Struggling to get into the pool room. A critical discourse analysis of midwives water birth practices. The International Journal of Childbirth, vol.1 (1) March pages 52-60. A new midwifery journal, all papers peer reviewed.
Russell, K. Walsh, D. (2009) Can the use of behavioural intervention studies support change in professional practice behaviours? A systematic review of the literature, Evidence Based Midwifery Journal, RCM, 7 (2): 54-59 June.
My PhD research used action research to find solutions to improve the low waterbirth rate involved excellent communication, facilitation and team working skills to bring about practice change. The successful introduction of interventions and increased levels of social support resulted in significant increases in the promotion of pool use by labour ward midwives.
Grounded theory was used to describe labour ward midwives experiences of the use of normal birth skills and knowledge
Evaluation of midwifery education, Midwifery ways of knowing. The promotion of scholarship in midwifery education