I believe that to stimulate and harness a students enthusiasm is the key to their success and this is possible in all students with an excellent consistent, approachable and supportive tutor. I feel that supporting a student to explore their own learning styles, encouraging exploration, critical appraisal and evaluation of their own practices, those within health care and the evidence surrounding a topic, can develop the inquiry based learning required in healthcare leadership and innovation. I actively support leadership in research and education from all healthcare disciplines and therefore, by providing and a respectful and professional learning environment catering to all abilities the tutor can bring out the best in every student broadening their horizons and developing their courage.
I offer support for presentations, competency development, assignments, personal statements and interview, poster and report writing, academic and professional presentations. I have also assisted in article development for publication.
I commenced my career as a nurse in critical and trauma care in 1989 and worked to a senior level over the next 14 years. I have been working for a Russell group University undertaking teaching and research for 15 years . I teach, supervise and support students from all disciplines within healthcare. My specialist areas are critical, acute, emergency and trauma care. My students achieve high marks for assignments and dissertations at under and post graduate studies. I have successfully supervised students to distinction in post graduate research and supervise PhD students in health care. I also work as a national expert.
Should I be requested to travel then this will be added at 40p per mile .
Associate Professor Adult Nursing
Academic Lead Adult 2015
Director of MSc 2015
Health and Social Care
University Lead 2010-present
& Trauma Care
Lecturer Module Lead 2005-present
Lecturer Module Lead 2003–2009
Professional Critical Care 2001-2003
Sister in Critical Care 2001
Sister in Critical Care 1999-2001
Unit Manager High Dependency 1997-1999
Professional Critical Care 1994-1997
Senior staff nurse Critical Care 1991-1994
Staff nurse Critical Care 1990-1991
Staff nurse Trauma 1989-1990
Student nurse 1986-1989
Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy 2017
ENB 100: Critical Care Nursing 1993
ENB 998: Teaching and Assessing 1993
ENB 219: Orthopaedic Nursing 1991
Registered General Nurse (level 1) 1989
Additional Continuing Professional Development:
Leadership & Management
Academy Highly Performing
PhD in Health Science
Post Graduate Certificate
Masters in Health Sciences
BSc (Hons) Combined Health Studies
Publications related to Teaching and/or Scholarship
All publications have been subject to peer review.
Educational journal publications
(Please note Nichola von Fintel is my madian name )
All publications have been subject to peer review. Articles: (PA)
Waters J. (2017) And tips to reduce the strain if you Do actually need help.
Daily Mail (expert section Dr Nichola Ashby)
National Major Trauma Nursing Group (2017) Major Trauma Critical Care
Competencies Steps Two and Three (ratification June 2017).
Jones –Berry S. (2017) Attitudes harden towards assaults on staff (Dr Nichola Ashby expert comment and response) London Vol. 32, Iss. 10, (12).
Ashby N. and Shestha S. (2018) Our priority is to engage with RCN members (opinion piece) Emergency Nurse, Vol 25(6)
(Guideline CC3N) Himsworth A., Kynaston M., Ashby N. (2018) Agency Nursing in Critical Care (submitted to the GPICS2 inclusion).
Castello T. (2018) Nurses to be ‘first responders’ for 999 calls involving falls among older patients. Nursing Times (Dr Nichola Ashby expert advisor and writer)
The Royal College of Nursing (2018) The RCN’s Uk survey on Organ Donation after Death (joint author)
The Royal College of Nursing (2018) The RCN’s Uk position statement on Organ Donation after Death (joint author)
The Royal College of Nursing (2018) Defining Nursing (Dr Nichola Ashby rewrite for publication National Policy: May 2018)
Ashby N. and Shrestha S. (2017) Challenges in adopting a new national role. Royal
College of Nursing
(Standard) UKCCNA (United Kingdom Critical Care Nursing Alliance) (2016)
Recommendations on safe nurse staffing levels in critical care and the National
Institute for Clinical Excellence: A systematic review.
Ross J. and Ashby N. (2016) The Major Trauma Case Manager or Coordinator Role
within national and international major trauma services: A literature review.
Emergency Nurse. (cited 19)
(Standard) Critical Care Network & National Nurse Leads; Ashby N., Kinease, M. and
Himsworth A. (2016) CC3N Standards for Temporary Registered Nursing Staff Working
in Adult Critical Care.
(Guideline/standards) National Major Trauma Nursing Group (2016) National
Competency and Education Standards for Major Trauma Care.
(Standard) Critical Care Network & National Nurse Leads (2016) National Standards
for Adult Critical Care Nurse Education.
(Guideline/standards) National Major Trauma Nursing Group (2016) National
Standards for Major Trauma Care
Roberts M., von Fintel N., Brown J. (2013) Developing a work-based learning model for advanced reflection in project work Nurse Education Today p1104–1107. (cited 12)
Williams E, von Fintel N. 2012 Hypotonic saline: a change of practice. British
Association of Critical Care Nurses vol 17 issue 2. (cited 5)
Dawson R., von Fintel N., Nairn S. 2010 Sedation assessment using the Ramsay Scale.
Emergency Nurse. Jun;18(3):18-20. (cited 19).
(Guideline) Webb A., Ah Fee C., Endacott R., Guha A., Hopkinson., Majoribanks,
S., Norton; A., Pittard A., Reader T., Ridley S., Thomas T., Von Fintel N., Watson D.,
Wenstone R. (2005) Standards for critical incident reporting in critical care. Intensive
Care Society Standards.
Publications Submitted and awaiting confirmation:
ICU Referral and Admission Decision Making Stakeholder Group (2016) Decision-making for ICU admissions: Understanding and improving the process surrounding admission to the intensive care unit. (Under review).
The Royal College of Nursing (2018) Ward Rounds Principles (PA)
The Royal College of Physicians (2018) Guidance on a Report of Safe Medical Staffing a Report of a Working Party. Royal College of Physicians
Sky News (2018) Carbon Monoxide the Dangers at Festivals (radio national interview and press release).
All Parliamentary Launch Carbon Monoxide Group (2018) Carbon monoxide Poisoning at Festivals Houses of Parliament London
Koc University School of Nursing International Day Symposium (2018) The Role of Professional Organizations in the Development of Health Politics, Koc University Istanbul Turkey (Key note)
Koc University School of Nursing International Day Symposium (2018) Strategies for Strengthening Clinical Nursing Services , Koc University Istanbul Turkey (Key note)
Royal College of Nursing learning Disability Strategy Day (2018) Issues with Critical Care: the Learning Disability Patient
Intensive Care Society State of the Art Conference 2017 A systematic review: Delirium Scoring in Critical Care.
Royal College of Nursing Emergency Care Education Workshop 2017 Invitation to Chair as Professional Lead
Royal College of Nursing, Critical Care and Flight forum Workshop Major Trauma 2017
‘The Introduction of a National Trauma Competency framework: Critical Care.
3rd World Congress of infectious Diseases, San Francisco USA, 2017
Student nurses, stigma and infectious diseases: A mixed methods study.
Trauma Uk Conference, Stone Staffordshire, 2017
‘The Introduction of a national Conference framework: Critical Care.
2nd Global Conference on Emergency Nursing & Trauma Care:
Nurses’ attitudes and the perceptions of care in the Emergency Department.
‘The glue in our UK Major Trauma Systems’ Exploration of the Major Trauma Case Manager role in one UK. Major Trauma Centre: A qualitative study 2016.
Royal College of Nursing and Great Ormond Street;
Care of the child with a tracheostomy child: Competency and legal/ethical implications.
NET 2016 Conference Cambridge 2016
A qualitative study exploring students nurse perceptions of preparing for caring for the acutely ill patient.
Royal College of Nursing Congress Glasgow 2016.Sepsis the challenges.Student nurses experiences of Critical Care (Co presented with an MNSci student: Victoria Sparrow)
Royal College of Nursing Critical Care and In-flight Nursing Forum 2016
Critical Care Competencies: They’re here.
International Philosophy Conference (IPONS 2014) Nottingham
Developing a blended learning curriculum.
NET 2014 Conference Cambridge 2014
A trauma management program: An innovative education and service development.
UK OCW (open courseware) conference in Cambridge in April 2012
“The health of OER reuse; the reuse of health-OER.” RJ Windle1, HJ Wharrad2, F Bath-Hextall2, N von Fintel 2, F Todhunter2, S. Stapleton3. 1SCORE Fellow, 2School of Nursing Midwifery and Physiotherapy and 3Learning Team, University of Nottingham.
British Association of Critical Care Nurses 2007
‘Practicing in a void - Bridging the theory competency gap’.
International Education Conference (HSNE), Hong Kong 2007
‘Practicing in a void - Bridging the theory competency gap’.
16th International Reflective Practice Conference University of Bedfordshire 2010
‘Advancing Practice through Work Based Learning’.
British Association of Critical Care Nurses 2005
‘The development of a combined academic and clinical competency clinical skills escalator: strengthening the links between knowledge and practice.’
Emergency and Trauma Care Conference (2018) UK Major Trauma Competency Framework for Critical Care Nurses Holland
I teach students at undergraduate and postgraduate courses in nursing, allied health care professionals and medicine. I specialise in critical and trauma care. I utilise many techniques to encourage student learning including small and large group work, one to one teaching, personal tutoring, online support, large group lecturing , online lectures and development of resources.
Academic and Professional Activities outside of the University:
Committee member of the All Party Carbon Monoxide Group (current nurse representative) Uk
Committee member of the Delivering Equal Access to Care board for Medicine and Device safety (MHMR) working collaboratively with the Royal College of Medicine, Royal College of Pharmacists, NHS England and Department of Health (current)
National Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death national Steering Committee member looking at patient outcomes and death (current)
Cross Department Group for Learning Disabilities recognition of Deterioration NS England Adult Nursing Representative. (current)
Committee member of the Urgent and Acute Care National Group reviewing safer staffing cost effectiveness and policy within the service, collaborations with the NHS England, Health education England and National Health Services for Improvements. (current)
Joint project lead for the Royal College of Nursing Safer Staffing project 2017/2018 undertaking review of the national position of staffing in the UK NHS. Work streams untrained staff education and development, Safer staffing tool development, acuity tool development, and winter pressures (current)
NICE clinical expert for Critical and Acute Care and advisor. Also policy reviewer representing the Royal College of Nursing (current)
Joint Project Lead with Professor Mark Radford, work stream looking at Staff numbers and education bands 2-4 in Urgent Care collaboratively working with National Health Services for Improvements (current).
Education project lead for the development of a blended learning module at the RCN (current).
Committee member Cost Recovery Delivery and Reference Group, collaborative group looking at NHS funding streams and cost effectiveness of delivery (current).
Committee member of the UK CC3N education group, undertaking policy development for critical and acute care, education strategy, competency and policy development.
Committee member of the UK CCNA Lead Nurse Group responsibility for leadership, education and research development, policy development for critical and acute care, education strategy, workforce development, service leads (current)
Committee member of the UK Major Trauma Network Leads, undertaking policy development for trauma care, education strategy, competency and policy development (current).
Committee member for the East Midlands Critical Care Network Lead and Education groups working collaboratively with the allied health and medical professional in service, education and research development within the East Midlands in critical and acute care (current).
Committee member for the East midlands Trauma Network Lead and Education groups working collaboratively with the allied health and medical professional in service, education and research development within the East Midlands in trauma care (current).
Perfect! Absolutely brilliant tutor. Nicola is so knowledgable about nursing, she has really booasted my grades. Would recommend her for anyone who needs support with assignments. She is so flexible around my placements and family life
She is so engaged and motivated. A pleasure to teach this student. She will be a fantastic nurse !
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