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Area of academic expertise - outline

I worked for 10 years as a practice nurse and specialist practitioner in general practice before moving into education and finally nurse education. As a part of my role as a practice nurse and specialist practitioner I regularly held nurse-led chronic disease management clinics in which health education and the promotion of heath underpinned practice.

At university my main interests are public health, health promotion, chronic disease management, primary care and physical activity.

At the Dumfries campus we have been running a Fitness Intervention Project for the last four years in recognition of the fact that many nurses engage in unhealthy lifestyle activities, despite having the knowledge and understanding with regards to the detrimental consequences. In turn, nurses often fail to promote health to patients since personal beliefs and values conflict with professional responsibilites. The Action research has engaged student nurse volunteers and lecturers alike, working together with external partners to try to motivate and encourage student nurse peers to be more physcially active, since research shows that nurses who engage in physcial activity are more likely to promote health to others. 

Current research activities

I have been working collaboratively with two university lecturer colleagues, a physcial activity co-ordinator from the local Dumfries & Galloway public health/Council department and student nurse volunteers to carry out an action research project into Student Nurse Attitudes and Beliefs about their Commitment to Physical Exercise and their Confidence in Supporting Others

Desired research direction

The findings have now been analysed and themes have emerged. Two papers have been produced as a result of the conclusions and submitted to journals. It is hoped that the papers will be accepted. The findings from the research will be used to fuel further activities at the campus and beyond.

Target collaborative companies

Nursing & Midwifery Council

NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Dumfries & Galloway Council.

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

I worked in the NHS in a variety of areas including general surgery; vascular surgery; vascular, endocrine, neurological and cardiac medicine. I worked for Marie Curie for a short time as well as working in elderly care and in the community for an agency. I spent 10 years in general practice nursing, starting as a treatment room nurse and finishing by running nurse led clinics with a particular interst in diabetes and respiratory care.  My time in the NHS afforded me a wealth of clinical, organisational and leadership experience. In addition I had opportunities to work strategically with the local Managed Clinical Network for Diabetes and Scottish Care Collaborative for Diabetes.

Prior to working at UWS I taught first aid to a variety of individuals including police. This was an intersting and diverse experience and I learned a great deal about enaging individuals in learning and about first aid.

I have worked at UWS for 11 years and during this time have undertaken a number of roles including module site lead at Dumfries, co-ordinator and moderator of the Nursing in General Practice module.

I led the admissions team for three years and although this role has now been relinquished I am still involved in the admission interviews. I co-ordinated the making of a DVD to promote the roles and responsbilities of the nurse and career opportunities following registration. This DVD is used at open and school events to inform and educate potential candidates. I regularly attend school and applicant events to promote UWS as a potential study option.

I am currently year 1 lead at the Dumfries campus and have been so since 2012. During the last four years I have had the pleasure to work with a very cohesive and supportive team. Through working with the team and by undertaking a vareity of motivational, feedback and leadership courses I have been able to further develop my leadership, organisational, communication, problems solving and decision making skills.

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Research Output

Gastric aspiration

McGrouther, S. & Orr, J., May 2019, Clinical Skills for Nursing Adults : Step by Step. Wright, W., Newcombe, P. & Everett, F. (eds.). SAGE Publications, p. 114-118 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Raising awareness about physical activity: pre-registrations student's action research finding

Orr, J., McGrouther, S., McCaig, M. & Topping, C., 7 Nov 2019, In : Physiotherapy Research and Reports. 2, 2, p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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    Embedding physical activity for health in student learning in practice

    Orr, J., McGrouther, S., McCaig, M. & Topping, C., 26 Oct 2016, p. 62-62. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

  • The Fitness Intervention Taskforce (FIT): encouraging physical activities, engaging communities

    Orr, J., McGrouther, S., McCaig, M. & Topping, C., 7 Jul 2014.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    Physical fitness in pre-registration nursing students

    Orr, J., McGrouther, S. & McCaig, M., 25 Oct 2013, In : Nurse Education in Practice. 14, 2, p. 99-101 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)


    The Fitness Intervention Taskforce won this award

    McGrouther, Sue (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)