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Audrey Stephen
Title: Dr
First Name: Audrey
Surname: Stephen
Position: Lecturer
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Connect via ResearchGateAudrey has been working in the School of Nursing and Midwifery since 2013, initially as a research fellow and more recently as a lecturer.

Audrey coordinates two MSc level modules, one on research methods and the other is the MSc dissertation module. She has a background in research and has been involved in a range of different studies, and this led her to the position where she has the knowledge and experience to develop the modules, as well as support students to learn the skills necessary to carry out their own studies. Audrey also supervises students across the curriculum to carry out their own research: BNursing (Hons), MSc, and PhD. 

In the undergraduate programme Audrey is on the module team delivering a stage 3 module on leading and managing quality care.  Students in this module develop healthcare improvement proposals in topic areas of relevance to the NHS. Audrey also has responsibility for a personal tutor group, currently in year 2.

Until recently Audrey was the convener of the School Ethics Review Panel. She had this role for five years and in this time developed expertise in research ethics and the ethical review process. She continues to be a member of the ethics panel.

Audrey’s research interests are varied, however, with a focus on studies related to the bereavement and bereavement care theme. Her PhD study was on bereavement care for older people in health and social care settings. She has published a number of studies on the theme.

Audrey is also an external examiner for the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery and Palliative Care at King’s College London.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Module coordinator for two modules in the Masters Advancing Nursing Practice programme

https://www.rgu.ac.uk/study/courses/964-pgcert-pgdip-msc-advancing-nursing-practice

  • Module team member in the undergraduate programme

https://www.rgu.ac.uk/study/courses/908-bn-nursing-adult

  • Student supervision – PhD, MRes, MSc, BSc (Hons)
  • Student recruitment – undergraduate, PHd/MRes
  • Personal tutor
  • Member of the School Ethics Review Panel
  • Research – funding application, systematic review, writing, seminar programme
  • Committee membership – SERP, Research Committee, Long Term Conditions, Palliative Care and Bereavement Research Group

Academic Background

  • 2015               Associate Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • 2007-2011       PhD, Robert Gordon University
  • 2002-2004       MSc, University of Aberdeen
  • 1997-2001       BSc, University of Aberdeen
  • 1980-1983       RGN, Foresterhill College, Aberdeen

Research Interests

Audrey has been involved in the development and delivery of a range of research projects and has a portfolio of work in the key thematic area of bereavement and bereavement care. She also has extensive experience of collaborative proposal development and funding application.

Current Research

A scoping review of technologies for falls prevention and management in the hospital setting. A paper is currently undergoing peer review with The Gerontologist journal.

A systematic review of support for relatives when someone has died suddenly. A paper is for publication is being drafted.

External / Professional Roles

Trustee for Sunrise Partnership, a small local charity providing support for children after bereavement and loss.

Publications

CROWTHER, S., STEPHEN, A. and HALL, J., 2019. Association of psychosocial-spiritual experiences around childbirth and subsequent perinatal mental health outcomes: an integrated review. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/02646838.2019.1616680

ALEXANDER, L., SWINTON, P., KIRKPATRICK, P., STEPHEN, A., SIMPSON, S. and COOPER, K., 2019. Health technologies for falls prevention and detection in adult hospital in-patients: a scoping review protocol. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 17(5), pp. 667-674.

TSENG, F-M., PETRIE, D., WANG, S., MACDUFF, C. and STEPHEN, A.I., 2018. The impact of spousal bereavement on hospitalisations: evidence from the Scottish Longitudinal Study, Heath Economics, [online], 27(2), pp. e120-e138. https://doi.org/10.1002/hec.3573

STEPHEN, A.I., SHEACH-LEITH, V., MACDUFF, C. and CHRISTIE, S., 2015. Bereaved relatives experiences in relation to post mortem: a qualitative exploration in North East Scotland. Bereavement Care, 34(3), pp. 103-109.

MACDUFF, C., STEPHEN, A.I. and TAYLOR, R., 2016. Decision precision or holistic heuristic?: insights on on-site selection of student nurses and midwives. Nurse Education in Practice, 16(1), pp. 40-46.  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1471595315001018 

STEPHEN, A.I., MACDUFF, C., PETRIE, D.J., TSENG F-M., SCHUT, H., SKÅR, S., CORDEN, A., BIRRELL, J., WANG, S., NEWSOM, C. and WILSON, S., 2015. The economic cost of bereavement in Scotland. Death Studies, 39(3), pp. 151-157. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2014.920435

STEPHEN, A.I., BERMANO, G., BRUCE, D. and KIRKPATRICK, P., 2014. Competencies and skills to enable effective care of severely obese patients undergoing bariatric surgery across a multi-disciplinary health care perspective: a systematic review. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 12(9), pp. 321-397. http://joannabriggslibrary.org/index.php/jbisrir/article/view/1583/2192

TAYLOR, R., MACDUFF, C. and STEPHEN, A.I., 2014. A national study of selection processes for student nurses and midwives. Nurse Education Today, 34, pp. 1155-1160.

STEPHEN, A.I., BERMANO, G., BRUCE, D. and KIRKPATRICK, P., 2013. Competencies and skills to enable effective care of severely obese patients undergoing bariatric surgery across a multi-disciplinary health care perspective: a systematic review protocol. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 11(8), pp. 84-96.
http://joannabriggslibrary.org/index.php/jbisrir/article/view/744/1374

STEPHEN, A.I., WILCOCK, S.E. and WIMPENNY, P., 2013. Bereavement care for older people in healthcare settings: qualitative study of experiences. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 8 (4), pp. 279-289.

STEPHEN A.I. and WIMPENNY P., 2009. Bereavement and bereavement care in health and social care: provision and practice in Scotland. Death Studies, 33, pp. 239-261.

STEPHEN A.I. and WIMPENNY P., 2008. Bereavement care: mapping practice against outcomes of a literature review and considering this in relation to self care for the bereaved. Nursing Times, 104(17), pp. 32-33.

Book chapter

STEPHEN, A.I., 2011. Bereavement and older people. In: P. WIMPENNY and J. COSTELLO, eds. Grief, loss and bereavement: evidence based practice for health and social care practitioners. London: Routledge. pp. 55-68.

Teaching Interests

  • Teaching research and evidence-based practice across the curriculum
  • Teaching related to ethics for research
  • Supporting students with project work throughout the curriculum, including MSc and PhD research.