- Academic Biography
Academic and professional qualifications
Registered General Nurse
BA (Hons) Community Health Care Nursing
MSc Clinical Nursing
PhD 'Emotional Nurse Being': A Heideggerian Hermeneutical Analysis
Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education/NMC Teacher
Senior Fellow of the HIgher Education Academy
National Teaching Fellow 2014
I bring real practical experience to my teaching, having been a General Practice Nurse in various practices across the Liverpool area. My career in education commenced in 2001 when I was General Practice Nurse Pathway Leader at the University of Bolton, before moving to MMU in 2003.
- Teaching & Research Supervision
I lead the first year unit, Nursing in a Contemporary Society, and am involved in teaching and assessment across the pre-registration programme.
I have a particular interest in the emotional aspects of nursing work, and this was the focus of my doctoral study. I currently teach and assess on units in the following subject areas:
- Intra/interpersonal skills
- Public Health
- Community Nursing Practice
- Qualitative research
Postgraduate supervision (completed/in progress)
I support both masters and doctoral level students.
I am currently supervising 3 PhD and 2 Professional Doctorate students.
External examiner roles
I am an external academic advisor at Education for Health in Warwick, an organisation offering courses related to chronic disease management.
- Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
My areas of interest are:
- The use and management of emotion in nursing work
- The development of creative teaching strategies such as art and poetry
- The role of the nurse in public health work
- The development of phenomenological research methodologies
Books (authored/edited/special issues)
A. Smith, H. McAskill, K. Jack (2008). Developing Advanced Skills in Practice Teaching. Palgrave Macmillan.
Refereed journal articles
K. Jack (2017). The meaning of compassion fatigue to student nurses: an interpretive phenomenological study. Journal of Compassionate Health Care. 4(1),
KF. Jack, CH. Hamshire Using stories to understand clinical placement learning; a pilot study. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education.
C. Hamshire, K. Jack (2016). Becoming and Being a Student: A Heideggerian Analysis of Physiotherapy Students’ Experiences. The Qualitative Report. 21(10), pp.1904-1919.
MA. Clancy, K. Jack (2016). Using poetry to explore difficult issues in children's nursing. Nurse Education Today. 44, pp.127-129.
M. Croston, K. Jack (2016). Self Awareness and HIV Nursing. HIV Nursing. 16, pp.47-51.
K. Jack, J. Tetley (2016). Using poems to explore the meaning of compassion to undergraduate nursing students. International Practice Development Journal. 6(1), pp.1-13.
K. Jack (2015). The use of poetry writing in nurse education: An evaluation. Nurse Education Today. 35(9), pp.e7-e10.
CH. Hamshire, A. Prowse, K. Jack, C. Wibberley (2015). Maria’s story – the narrative of a mature international student. Journal of Learner Development in Higher Education.
L. Yarwood-Ross, K. Jack (2015). Using extant literature in a grounded theory study: a personal account. Nurse Researcher. 22(4), pp.18-24.
J. Tetley, F. Dobson, K. Jack, B. Pearson, E. Walker (2015). Building a values-based culture in nurse education. Nurse Education in Practice.
K. Jack, C. Wibberley (2014). The meaning of emotion work to student nurses: A Heideggerian analysis. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 51(6), pp.900-907.
K. Jack (2012). “Putting the words ‘I am sad’, just doesn't quite cut it sometimes!”: The use of art to promote emotional awareness in nursing students. Nurse Education Today. 32(7), pp.811-816.
K. Jack, E. Miller (2008). Exploring self-awareness in mental health practice. Mental Health Practice. 12(3), pp.31-35.
K. Jack, A. Smith (2007). Promoting self-awareness in nurses to improve nursing practice. Nursing Standard. 21(32), pp.47-52.
A. Smith, K. Jack (2005). Reflective practice: a meaningful task for students. Nursing Standard. 19(26), pp.33-37.
KF. Jack (2016). The use of the arts to uncover the human aspects of nursing practice. Glasgow, 23/2/2016.
CH. Hamshire, K. jack, C. wibberley Step-in: An exploration of students’ transition to MMU. 27/10/2015.
CH. Hamshire, R. Forsyth, K. Jack, C. Wibberley Student stories can’t be counted, a discussion of narrative as a means of resisting the measurement of student experience. Melbourne, 27/10/2015.
K. Jack, C. Ridley (2013). What health means to me: Using poetry to explore what health means to first year pre-registration nursing students. Cambridge, UK, 10/9/2013.
KF. Jack (2012). You dont have to be brand new and shiny - your age can be your worth: What becoming older means to a group of pre registration nursing students following exploration of a childrens story. 4/9/2012.
E. Miller, K. Jack (2012). Exploring support needs among a group of first year pre-registration nursing students on their first placement. Cambridge, UK, 4/9/2012.
K. Jack (2011). Putting the words "I am sad' doesnt quite cut it sometimes The use of collage to explore emotional awareness. Cambridge, UK, 6/9/2011.
KF. Jack (2010). There was only so much I could do: Emotional tension in nursing work, A Heideggerian hermeneutical analysis. Sydney, Australia, 6/4/2010.
Invited keynotes and conference contribution
Jack K (2016) Invited Keynote: The use of the arts to uncover the human aspects of nursing practice. Glasgow, Higher Education Academy Health and Social Care Conference
- Engagement & Knowledge Exchange
Projects and initiatives
I am currently Principal Investigator for the educational strand of Care England funded project entitled: Teaching Care Homes: Exploring Effective Education. The aim is to explore the factors leading to effective education in care homes and ultimately develop a framework which outlines the conditions under which education and professional development can thrive. Amount: £60,000 April 2016 - April 2017
I was part of a Health Education North West funded project entitled: 'Enhancing Students Experience of Community Nursing to Improve Patient Care: A Digital Resource for Pre-Registration Nursing Students'. The aim of this project was to support pre registration nursing students in becoming more confident to practice in the community and primary care setting. Amount: £25, 370 September 2014 - March 2015
I was part of a Health Education North West funded project entitled: 'Predicting and Securing Success'. This is a sequential exploratory study to understand what influences students' decisions to stay or leave their health care programme, and develop a regional benchmarking tool. Amount: £201, 498 March 2015 - September 2015
Consultancy and advisory roles
External Academic Advisor for Education for Health, Warwick
- Awards, Honours & Distinctions
Prizes and awards
MMU Staff Award: Outstanding Innovation in Teaching 2014
Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow 2014
Runner up Royal College of Nursing Akinsanya research award for innovation and creativity in doctoral study 2013
Membership of professional associations
Association of National Teaching Fellows
Royal College of Nursing