Dr 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.

I am deputy lead for a research group: Loss, bereavement, and end of life care. My area of expertise primarily focuses on qualitative research methodologies and methods.

I formerly practiced as a Registered Nurse, and specialised in the field of adult intensive care. This practice-based experience led to a growing interest in evidence-informed care and support for families who were suddenly bereaved. This includes inquiries that focus on dying, death and bereavement in the context of a life-threatening illness or event, and is typically hospital-based.

I have substantial experience in higher education which includes academic leadership for the coordination and delivery of both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of study. I enjoy writing for publication and disseminating research through local, national, and international conference presentations. I value opportunities for collaborative research and networking with clinical colleagues to support applied research. 

Research interests

  • Sudden bereavement 
  • Hospital-based end of life care 
  • Organ and tissue donation
  • Witnessed resuscitation
  • Qualitative research methodologies/methods
  • Appraisal and synthesis of secondary research
  • Writing for publication

Membership of professional bodies

  • Associate Member of National Bereavement Alliance
  • Member of Promoting Organ Donation (UK)
  • Member of British Association of Critical Care Nursing
  • Member of Royal College of Nursing (RCN) 

Qualifications

Professional
1979 State Enrolled Nurse, General Nursing Council for England and Wales
1987 Registered General Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
1990 English National Board Course100 – General Intensive Care Nursing
1993 English National Board Course 998 – Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice

Academic
2010 PhD in Health Sciences, University of Birmingham
1998 MSc Health Studies with Distinction, University of Wolverhampton
1996 Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Education, University of Nottingham
1994 BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies with First Class Honours, University of Wolverhampton
1992 Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing with Distinction, University of Wolverhampton

Publications

Journal publications

  • Walker W. Sque M. ‘Organ Donation’. In: Death, Dying and Devolution. [Edited by Dr Kate Woodthorpe]. Institute for Policy Research, Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath, September 2017. 
  • 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 from 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.
  • 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. 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.

 

  • 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

 

  • Sque M. Walker W. (2017) An ethical framework for researching the bereaved. 18th Nursing Ethics Conference, 3rd International Ethics in Care Conference, Leuven, Belgium.
  • Walker W. Sque M. (2017) Ethical issues in bereavement research: Practical use of a decision-making framework. 18th Nursing Ethics Conference, 3rd International Ethics in Care Conference, Leuven, Belgium.
  • Walker W. Sque M. Carpenter B. Roberts S. (2017) Recognising the gift of organ and tissue donation: an evidence-based approach. 14th Congress International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement, Geneva Switzerland.
  • Sque M. Walker W. (2017) Donation after circulatory death: A case study. 14th Congress International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement, Geneva Switzerland.
  • Walker W. Gavin C. (2015) Intensive and critical care nurses’ views on the practice of family presence during resuscitation: Outcomes of a literature review. 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. Ruston G. (2015) Public Knowledge, understanding and views of hospice care: A questionnaire survey. ‘Disadvantaged Dying.’ Compton Hospice Annual National Conference, Wolverhampton.
  • 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.
  • Sque M. Walker W. Broderick A. (2014) The influence of temporality on organ donation decision-making. Deconstructing Donation Conference - Institute of Medical Ethics, Lancaster University, Lancaster. 
  • Walker W. Broderick A. 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, Holland.
  • Walker W. Sque M. Long-Sutehall T. (2013) Organ and tissue donation: Bereaved families’ experiences of participating in research. 11th International Death, Dying Disposal Conference ‘Where theory meets practice.’ The Open University, Milton Keynes. 
  • Walker W. (2013) Sudden death and bereavement: Nursing interventions for person-centred care. New Researchers’ Conference, University of Wolverhampton.
  • 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 in 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. (1999) Nurses Attitudes Towards Family Presence during Active Resuscitation in Adult Critical Care Settings. Royal College of Nursing Critical Care Nursing Forum Conference, Birmingham.
  • Walker W. (1998) Witnessed Resuscitation: A review of the literature and presentation of research findings. Advancing Nursing Research Conference, University of Nottingham.
  • Walker W. (1990) Developments in the system of care delivery in an adult Intensive Therapy Unit. Delivering Care in the 1990’s: Research and Innovative Developments National Conference, Birmingham.

 

  • 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 

Editorial Intern for the Journal - Nursing in Critical Care
Reviewer of Manuscripts: Nursing in Critical Care, Journal of Clinical Nursing, Journal of Advanced Nursing
Member of Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Research Leads Network
Member of Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Organ Donation Group

Postgraduate Research Activity

Research Supervision
MSc: Total number of Completions: 5
PhD Current supervisions: 1 internal - co-supervisor
Professional/Practitioner Doctorate Current supervisions: 2 internal - Director of Studies; 2 internal - co-supervisor

Postgraduate Examining activity completed

Internal to UoW
Internal Examiner PhD candidate. UoW Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing. [July 2017]
Chair PhD oral examination (viva). UoW Faculty of Science and Engineering. [June 2017]
Chair PhD oral examination (viva). UoW Faculty of Science and Engineering. [May 2016]
Internal Examiner Doctor in Counselling Psychology candidate. UoW Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing. [Jan 2016]
Chair PhD oral examination (viva). UoW Faculty of Social Sciences. [Dec 2014]

External to UoW

External Examiner PhD candidate. University of Canberra, Australia. [June 2015]

Honours and distinction

2017 Nominee for VC Awards for Staff Excellence 2017, in the Enriching the Learning Experience category.
2017 Nominated and shortlisted for Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing Lecturer of the Year
2015 Celebrating Success Nominee and runner-up in the category of exemplary inter-faculty and partnership working. UoW Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing.
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.