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Mary Brown

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Mary works within the School of Health Sciences, Division of Nursing as Assistant Professor supporting pre-registration students on the Graduate Nurse Curriculum (GNC), Graduate Entry Nursing (GEN) and Masters in Nursing (MNSci) Certificates. She is Disability Liaison Officer for Child Health Nursing students

Mary is a Registered Children's Nurse specialising in paediatric oncology and children with complex needs.

Her particular areas of interest within nursing education is international educational development, she is Nursing Lead for Erasmus and Nursing Lead for electives. Areas of teaching expertise lies within personal and professional effectiveness, cultural competency and internationalisation within nurse education.

Mary is joint lead for the e-portfolio model of teaching and learning for electives within the nursing curriculum. The use of an e-portfolio for module assessment of experimental learning and reflection the system allows students to collect and collate their learning experiences and produce a visible multimedia record of their learning. The e-portfolio gives students the opportunity to develop their personal account of their own understanding of cultural competency and awareness of global healthcare issues. The e-portfolio provides students with a visual collection of their learning that can be taken forward to help towards demonstrating employability.

Mary is part of a three strong team based at the University of Nottingham United Kingdom team as part of the European TRaNSforM project working towards the introduction of a self assessment framework for nurse mobility. The transform project is a collaboration between seven European countries funded by the Leonardo Life Long Learning program and has been instrumental in developing the project website ( Mary has developed and presented dissemination material at the project launch in Ghent Belgium and nationally and internationally at conferences - RCN Education Forum Conference 2012 and FINE International Nurse Educators conference 2012.

Expertise Summary

Internationalisation of the nursing curriculum

Student mobility

Areas of teaching specialty include, communication skills, clinical supervision, problem based learning and clinical skills.

Teaching Summary

Student support learning in practice and learning for practice

Personal and Professional Effectiveness for nursing practice:

Advantage Award:

This module assists students in several areas related to their elective experience.

Primarily this module aims to enable students to:

  • Prepare for their elective period in a number of practical aspects;
  • Understand how to make informed decisions about their life experience and their learning outcomes;
  • Prepare to capture the link between their experience and development of knowledge;
  • Better understand how to utilise analytical and critical reflection skills and knowledge acquisition in the new context;

Advantage Award:

Aims and objectives:

  • To provide students with an opportunity to enhance their cross cultural and intercultural awareness to equip them with the set of understandings and skills necessary to mentor and support international student peers.This can connect to study abroad programmes through the school or act as standalone mentoring for individuals seeking support.
  • To enhance their understanding of the role of a mentor and practice the key skills needed to be effective in this role.

This module will particularly focus upon a wide range of communication skills and students will also undertake activities designed to enhance cross cultural awareness in order to better equip them in their role.

Record Keeping: Package 1: Introduction to Record Keeping. Package 2: Legal Aspects of Record Keeping.

Self-Assessment Quiz.

Internationalisation and cultural competence within the curriculum - Coordinator for PebblePad webfolio

Research Summary

Currently undertaking a £2.500 funded project to carry out a systematic review of barriers to students undertaking international elective placements.

Internationalisation within the nursing curriculum: Webfolio project supported through funding from the International Strategy Group and the Teaching Development Fund

Recent Publications

  • 2015. University of Nottingham Electives: School of Health Sciences Electives University of Nottingham. . University of Nottingham. 01/01/1900 00:00:00
  • BROWN, M, EVANS, C. and APPIAH BOATENG, E., 2015. "Should I stay or should I go? A systematic review of factors that influence healthcare students' decisions around study abroad programmes Nurse Education Today. 39, NET-D-15-00500
  • BROWN, M, SWAIN, C and CLARKE, A, 2014. Health & Medical Sciences Abstracts Second Annual International Conference on Health & Medical Sciences: Impact? of Public Involvement in Informing Professional Health Care Education: From Selection and Recruitment to Curriculum Development and Implementation THE ATHENS INSTITUTE FOR EDUCATION AND RESEARCH.
  • COOLING, K, BROWN, M, PARSONS, H, WINDLE, R and BOOTH, C, 2014. Opening up student learning using webfolios for Nursing Elective Placements: EPIC In: Pecha Kucha (EMLT).

Internationalisation and cultural competence within the curriculum - Co-ordinator for pebble pad webfolio

The TraNSforM Project

Training Requirements and Nursing Skills for Mobility in Health Care

Aim: To understand the perception's of nurses undertaking work based learning regarding internationalization/mobility in their practice. To identify needs for education, training and the development of skills for nursing practice for internationalization/mobility as part of an EU labour market in health care.

To develop a framework for skills and learning development to be embedded within existing programmes of work-based learning and study for nursing.

Past Research

  • TRaNSforM - Training requirements and nursing skills for mobility
  • Leonardo Partnership Project 2010 -2012


This project aims to address the need to establish deep learning, skills and understanding around the impact of a mobile and global health community, for nursing and healthcare personnel.

Currently, new students in nursing are able to access an increasing array of opportunities within basic curricular which enable them to appreciate international mobility and health. In increasing number of cases they can also participate in international or cultural exchange. However, enlargement of these opportunities is comparatively recent and for many existing nurses the opportunity to develop basic and essential knowledge and skills was limited in their pre-registration education.

This is recognised in existing literature and attempts have been made to develop healthcare staff using tailored study days and international modules. However these have met with limited success, due to heavy workloads and staff failing to prioritise International issues as an prime concern within the many competing skills required in their nursing care.

The TRaNSforM project seeks to work with partners in practice, and universities as well as work based learning students undertaking post registration modules, to develop a skills escalator framework which can be used to enable learners and module developers to assess skills and learning requirements both personally and within existing courses.

The project has two key elements - The process of the development of the escalator framework - which should offer opportunities to staff and students and partners in sharing with other countries in the partnership and enhancing their own learning.

The outcome development of a cross national framework which can be used and transferred across cultural settings.

Project awarded Star status from European Shared Treasure

Poster presented at conference awarded first prize

Future Research

Leonardo funded transfer of innovation to take forward and develop mobility skills within the sphere of international nursing

Mary is a member of the child and children's research network and is currently negotiating collaborative links to research between adolescent service users and University of Nottingham. It is envisaged this process will lead to a PHD research project with a focus on transition of adolescents to adult services.

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