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Helen Kerr

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    United Kingdom

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20072019
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Research Interests

Helen Kerr is a registered nurse with previous clinical experience in oncology and palliative care.  Helen is also a registered Specialist Nurse in oncology with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Research interests lie in the broad area of oncology and palliative care.  Previous research completed focused on the impact on registered nurses of working in ward based oncology care.  Research completed in 2016 as part of a Doctoral Fellowship identified the factors that were considered to contribute to an effective transition from children’s to adult services for young adults with life-limiting conditions on the island of Ireland. In 2017 Helen was awarded the International Journal of Palliative Nursing Researcher of the Year award and was also runner up in the Royal College of Nursing, Northern Ireland Nurse Researcher of the Year for this research.  Helen secured the national Florence Nightingale Travel Scholarship award in 2016 to continue expanding this research interest.  Recently completed research focused on the use of a Personal-held record for young people with complex health conditions. 

Current research is exploring the use of mobile spaced learning as a digital learning platform for teaching symptom management to undergraduate nursing students and a study focused on the impact of the Specialist Practice in Oncology qualification on patient care and clinical practice.

Helen is a member of the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN) and the Palliative Care Research Forum Northern Ireland (PCRFNI) executive committee.

Teaching

Helen is the Pathway Lead for the BSc(Hons) and Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Practice in Oncology programme and also module coordinator for four modules in this programme.  This involves a teaching workload in these modules;

  • 'The Basis of Therapeutic Practice in Cancer Nursing'
  • 'Biomedical Aspects of Oncology Nursing' 
  • 'Dimensions of Care in Cancer Nursing'  
  • 'Assessment and Advanced Communication'

 

Helen is also module coordinator for the 'Evidence Based Nursing 1' module and teaches in 'Uni Simulation' and 'Interprofessional education' (IPE) simulation in year three of the BSc(Hons) Nursing

 

Achievements

  • Secured a small grant from 'The Burdett Trust for Nursing' for research on the impact of the Specialist Practice qualification on patient care and clinical practice
  • Winner of the International Journal of Palliative Nursing 'Researcher of the Year' award in March 2017.
  • Awarded Researcher Plus award at the PhD graduation ceremony at Queen's University Belfast in December 2016.
  • Awarded competitive national 'Florence Nightingale Foundation Travel Scholarship' in October 2016.
  • Royal College of Nursing Northern Ireland Nurse Researcher of the Year, runner up in May 2016.
  • Awarded competitive Marcia Mackie award at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, QUB, in 2014/15. 
  • Successful bursary application from the 'Palliative Care Congress' to present at the Congress in Harrogate, England in 2014.
  • Along with Dr Peter O'Halloran, Dr Honor Nicholl and Professor Jayne Price, awarded a competitve Doctoral Fellowship from the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care and the Health and Social Care, Public Health Agency, Research Division from 2013-2016.

 

Research Statement

Research interests lie in the broad area of oncology and palliative care which includes the development of innovative educational strategies in this subject area.

 

Current research

 

  • ‘Feasibility study to explore the use of mobile spaced learning as a digital learning platform when teaching symptom management to undergraduate nursing student.  SPLENdidS study.’

  •  ‘Registered nurses’ perspectives of the impact of completing the Specialist Practice in Oncology  qualification on patient care and clinical practice: a qualitative study.

 

Completed research

 

  • ‘Factors associated with an effective transition from children’s to adult services by young adults with life-limiting conditions in Ireland.’

  • ‘The usefulness and acceptability of a personal-health record to children and young people living with a complex health condition.’

  •  ‘An exploration of the impact on registered nurses of working in ward-based oncology care.’ 

  • ‘An evaluation of the development of audio-visual aids when teaching communication skills to undergraduate nursing students.’

  • ‘Students journey through a BSc(Hons) Psychological Trauma Studies programme in the context of a post conflict society in Northern Ireland.’

 

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Research Output 2007 2019

Open Access
File
Ireland
Young Adult
Cross-Sectional Studies
Organizations
Communication
Open Access
File
Personal Health Records
Health
Communication
Library Science
Delivery of Health Care

Prizes

Florence Nightingale Travel Scholarship Award

Helen Kerr (Recipient), Oct 2016

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Marcia Mackie award

Helen Kerr (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Canada

Palliative Care Congress Conference bursary award

Helen Kerr (Recipient), Mar 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

poster

Runner up at the RCN Northern Ireland Nurse Researcher of the Year 2016

Helen Kerr (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2008 2019

Registered nurses’ perspectives of the impact of completing the Specialist Practice in Oncology qualification, on their patient care and clinical practice: a qualitative study

Helen Kerr (Host), Oonagh McSorley (Contributor), Monica Donovan (Contributor), Joanne Cullen (Contributor), Fiona Reddick (Contributor)
01 Oct 201930 Jun 2020

Activity: Other activity typesOther

Palliative Medicine (Journal)

Helen Kerr (Peer reviewer)
Jan 2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Exploration of the use of mobile SPaced LEarning as a digital learning platform when teaching symptom management to undergraduate Nursing Students: SPLENdidS study

Clare McVeigh (Host), Matt Birch (Contributor), Susan Carlisle (Contributor), Helen Kerr (Contributor)
2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

4th International children's palliative care conference

Helen Kerr (Invited speaker)
21 Nov 201922 Nov 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

International Psycho-Oncology Society

Helen Kerr (Participant), Sara Mone (Contributor)
23 Sep 201926 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference