Dr Wendy Walker

Reader in Acute and Critical Care Nursing

Email address: w.m.walker@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 1594 Location: MC 204 Faculty: Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Health Professions Areas of expertise: Dying, death and bereavement following a critical illness or event, and end-of-life care for people with a non-malignant life-limiting condition.

About

I joined the University of Wolverhampton in 2011 as a Senior Research Fellow, and have held the appointment of Reader since 2016. 

As a Registered Nurse, I specialised in the field of adult intensive care. The knowledge and experience gained contributed to my interest in end-of-life care in the context of acute and critical illness. I actively support the strategic development of collaborative research within the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing (FEHW) Centre for Health and Social Care Improvement (CHSCI). My area of research expertise primarily focuses on qualitative research methodologies and methods.

I have substantial experience in higher education, contributing to both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of study. I currently lead a module for a Professional Doctorate programme of study, and supervise a number of doctoral students. I enjoy writing for publication and have disseminated research to a wide variety of audiences through national and international conference presentations.

Research interests

  • Acute and critical care
  • End-of-life care
  • Organ and tissue donation
  • Witnessed resuscitation
  • Qualitative research
  • Appraisal and synthesis of secondary research

Membership of professional bodies

  • Member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
  • Member of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN)
  • Associate member of the National Bereavement Alliance

     

     

 

 

Qualifications

Academic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Health Sciences, University of Birmingham
  • Master of Science with Distinction, Health Studies, University of Wolverhampton
  • Postgraduate Diploma, Adult Education, University of Nottingham
  • Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours, Nursing Studies, University of Wolverhampton
  • Diploma with Distinction, Professional Studies in Nursing, University of Wolverhampton

Professional qualifications and registrations e.g. BPS, RCN, CIPD, AUA, HEA

  • Registered General Nurse, English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting 
  • English National Board Course100 – General Intensive Care Nursing
  • State Enrolled Nurse, General Nursing Council for England and Wales

Publications

Journal publications

  • Walker W. Deacon K. (2016) Nurses’ experiences of caring for the suddenly bereaved in adult acute and critical care settings, and the provision of person-centred care: A qualitative study. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing 33, 39-47. [Special Issue: End-of-Life Care in Critical Care.]

  • Walker W. Sque M. (2016) Balancing hope and despair at the end of life: The contribution of organ and tissue donation. Journal of Critical Care 32, 73-78.

  • Sque M. Walker W. and Long-Sutehall T. (2014) Research with bereaved families: A framework for ethical decision-making. Nursing Ethics 21, 8, 946-955.

  • Efstathiou N. and Walker W. (2014) Intensive care nurses’ experiences of providing end of life care after treatment withdrawal. Journal of Clinical Nursing 23, 21-22, 3188-3196.

  • Efstathiou N. and Walker WM. (2014) Interprofessional, simulation-based training in end of life care communication: a pilot. Journal of Interprofessional Care 28, 1, 68-70. ISSN: 1356-1820.

  • Walker W. Broderick A. and Sque M. (2013) Factors influencing bereaved families’ decisions about organ donation: An integrative literature review. Western Journal of Nursing Research 35, 10, 1339-1359.

  • Walker W. (2013) Emergency care staff experiences of lay presence during adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation: a phenomenological study. Emergency Medicine Journal 31, 453-458.

  • Walker WM. (2011) Hermeneutic Inquiry: insights into the process of interviewing. Nurse Researcher 18, 2, 19-27.

  • Walker WM. (2010) Sudden cardiac death in adults: causes, incidence and interventions. Nursing Standard 24, 38, 50-56.

  • Walker W. (2008) Accident and emergency staff opinion on the effects of family presence during adult resuscitation: critical literature review. Journal of Advanced Nursing 61, 4, 348-362.

  • Walker WM. (2008) End-of-life care in the home: a relative’s critical reflection. End of Life Care 2, 1, 54-59.

  • Walker WM. (2008) Dying, sudden cardiac death and resuscitation technology. International Emergency Nursing 16, 2, 119-126.

  • Walker W. (2007) Ethical considerations in phenomenological research. Nurse Researcher 14, 3, 36-45.

  • Bolger G. and Walker W. (2007) Night Moves. Nursing Standard 21, 31, 26-27. ISSN: 0029-6570

  • Walker WM. (2006) Witnessed Resuscitation: A concept analysis. International Journal of Nursing Studies 43, 3, 377-387.

  • Walker W. (2005) The strengths and weaknesses of research designs involving quantitative measures. Journal of Research in Nursing 10, 5, 571-582.

  • Bright D. Walker W. and Bion J. (2004) Clinical Review: Outreach - a strategy for improving the care of the acutely ill hospitalized patient. Critical Care 8, 1, 33-40.

  • Walker W. (2001) Comprehensive critical care education is critical to success. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing 17, 4, 237-241.

  • Walker WM. (1999) Do relatives have a right to witness resuscitation? Journal of Clinical Nursing 8, 6, 625-630. 

 

Research reports

  • Sque M. Walker W. Rodney A. Nicholls W. Galasinski D. (2016) Home form home?: A case study of the first year settlement experiences of EU nurses working in one NHS Trust. Final report submitted to Health Education England (North West), September. 
     
  • Harris P. Spence C. Walker W. (2015) A comprehensive evaluation of interprofessional education and associated clinical practice outcomes. Final report comprising three interrelated studies, submitted to Health Education West Midlands Shropshire and Staffordshire Local Education and Training Council, September.
  • Walker W. Clifford A. Rodney A. Ruston G. (2015) Public knowledge, understanding and views of hospice care: A  questionnaire survey. Final report submitted to Compton Hospice, June.

  • Walker W. Sque M. Carpenter B. and Roberts S. (2014) Recognising the gift of organ and tissue donation: The views and preferences of donor families. Final report submitted to The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Organ Donation Committee, February.

  • Sque M. Long-Sutehall T. Morgan M. Randhawa G. Warrens A. and Walker W. (2013) Bereaved families’ experiences of organ and tissue donation, and perceived influences on their decision making. Final report submitted to the Department of Health, June.

  • Walker WM. and Efstathiou, N. (2012) The development, delivery and evaluation of simulation-based, interprofessional learning in end of life care for final year, undergraduate, pre-registration students. Final report submitted to NHS West Midlands.

  • Walker WM. (2010) Witnessed Resuscitation: A Conceptual Exploration. PhD Thesis, University of Birmingham.

  • Walker WM. (2007) Developing the role of the nurse co-ordinator. Staffordshire University in partnership with the NHS West Midlands Workforce Deanery & Skills for Health. Report submitted to the Department of Health Hospital at Night team, London.

  • Walker W. (2005) Hospital at Night: A report on the development of a set of competences for the nurse co-ordinator role. Submitted to the Department of Health Modernisation Agency, London.

 

Refereed conference presentations

  • Walker W. Sque M. Carpenter B. Roberts. S. (2016) Recognising the gift of organ and tissue donation: an evidence-based approach. Poster presentation. 4th ELPAT CONGRESS - Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects of Transplantation-Global Challenges. Angelicum Congress Centre, Rome, Italy. 

  • Sque M. Walker W. (2016) 'A little dollop of good in a very dark time': What organ donation meant to donor families. Poster presentation. 4th ELPAT CONGRESS - Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects of Transplantation-Global Challenges. Angelicum Congress Centre, Rome, Italy. 

  • Efstathiou N. Walker W. (2016) Improving knowledge, confidence and competence of undergraduate healthcare students in end-of-life care communication.Poster presentation. 11th Palliative Care Congress. Rediscovering Holism: the future for Palliative Care. The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow. 

  • Walker W. Gavin C. (2015) Intensive and critical care nurses’ views on the practice of family presence during resuscitation: Outcomes of a literature review. Oral presentation. British Association of Critical Care Nurses 30th Annual Conference, Riverbank Plaza, London.

  • Walker W. Sque. M. (2015) Balancing hope and despair at the end of life: the contribution of  organ  and  tissue  donation.  RCN International  Nursing  Research  Conference, Nottingham.
  • Walker W. (2014) Sudden death and bereavement: An exploration of person-centred nursing care.  British Association of Critical Care Nurses 29th Annual Conference, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff.

  • Walker W. Broderick A. and Sque M. (2013) Factors influencing bereaved families’ decisions about organ donation: An integrative review of the literature.   3rd ELPAT CONGRESS - Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects of Transplantation - Global Issues, Local Solutions, Rotterdam – The Netherlands.

  • Walker W. (2008) Witnessed resuscitation: The lived experience of qualified nurses. RCN International Nursing Research Conference, Liverpool.

  • Walker W. (2007) Accident and emergency staff opinion on the effects of family presence during adult resuscitation: critical literature review. 11th International Nursing Research Conference, Ministry of Health, Madrid.

  • Walker W. (2007) Witnessed resuscitation: The lived experience of accident and emergency ambulance staff. The annual  Royal  College of  Nursing Emergency Care Association conference and exhibition, Warrington.

  • Walker W. (2006) Exploring the lived experience of witnessed resuscitation: The use of van Manen’s methodological structure to phenomenological research. RCN International Nursing Research Conference, York.

  • Walker W. (2004) The effects of witnessed resuscitation on bereaved relatives: ethical considerations in bereavement research using qualitative methods. RCN Critical Care Nursing Forum Annual Conference, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

  • Walker W. (2003) Safe Care of the Acutely Ill Patient. Royal Society of Medicine in conjunction with The West Midlands Intensive Care Group, Birmingham.

Media presentation

  • Walker W. (2007) Relatives in the resuscitation room. BBC World Service Programme ‘Health Check.’

Previous professional experience

Lecturer, School of Health and Population Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham.

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health, Staffordshire University, Stafford.

Nurse Consultant in Critical Care Outreach, Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust, Stafford.

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health, Staffordshire University, Stafford.

Nurse Teacher, School of Nursing, University of Nottingham, Nottingham.

Sister, Adult General Intensive Care, Stafford District General Hospital, Stafford.

Senior Staff Nurse, Adult General Intensive Care, Stafford District General Hospital, Stafford.

Staff Nurse, Adult General Intensive Care, North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary, Stoke-on-Trent.

Staff Nurse, Adult General Intensive Care and High Dependency, Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Derby.

Student Nurse, Enrolled Nurse Conversion Course, Shropshire and Staffordshire School of Nursing and Midwifery, Stafford.

State Enrolled Nurse, Ante-natal assessment, North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary, Stoke-on-Trent.

State Enrolled Nurse, Adult Coronary Care, Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Derby.

State Enrolled Nurse, Adult Coronary Care, Nottingham City Hospital, Nottingham. 

Further information

Extramural academic and professional activities

  • Member of the International Advisory Board: Intensive and Critical Care Nursing Journal

  • Reviewer of manuscripts: Nursing in Critical Care, Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, Journal of Clinical Nursing, Journal of Advanced Nursing

  • Member of RCN Research and Emergency Care Forums

 

Honours and distinction

2016 University of Wolverhampton Staff Excellence Awards - Runner-up in the category of 'Excellence in inter-faculty and partnership working'.  

2014 Invited to take part in the production of the second edition of ‘Guidance for staff responsible for care after death.’ Published by Hospice UK in April 2015, and endorsed by three Royal Colleges and other national organisations.

2013 Invited representative at a national award scheme created by The Order of St John alongside NHS Blood and Transplant to posthumously recognise people who donated their organs for transplant in the presence of The Sovereign’s representatives, 10th December 2013.

2012 Invited by Professor, the Baroness Finlay of LLandaff to contribute to a parliamentary seminar on ‘Increasing consent rates for organ donation’ chaired by Glyn Davies MP, House of Lords, 22nd May 2012.

 

External Examination

PhD – University of Canberra, Australia