I qualified as a registered nurse in 2003, gaining my adv diploma in adult nursing. Further studies include BSc (Hons) in District Nursing and a MSc (Advanced Practice) in Long Term Health Conditions. I have worked in accident and Emergency, been a Charge Nurse (DN) and a Community Matron (LTC).
Before working in Higher education at three HEIs in the north east of England, across suites of post graduate and undergraduate programmes of study. I have also experience of delivering workplace learning/ teaching (masterclasses). I have been a module and programme leader within a health faculty and within Learning & Teaching. I am passionate of the role of effective learning and teaching methods in HE and supporting and enabling staff to deliver this.
Teaching and supervision
I am Programme Leader and Module Tutor for the Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (for academic staff) at the University of Sunderland. I have supervised undergraduate and postgraduate students. I am also a qualified workplace coach (ILM).
Areas of expertise
- Curriculum design incorporating Simulation as a valuable Learning and Teaching tool.
- Design and implementation of Objectively Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) as an integrated assessment method, across a suite of programmes (undergraduate and post graduate).
- Design and delivery of Assessment & Feedback sessions both nationally and internationally, underpinned by key pedagogy in Higher Education.
- Teaching of history taking and advanced physical assessment skills to healthcare professionals.
- Educational psychology – Mnemonics.
I am in the final year of my PhD, research the role of Mnemonics and factors associated with the retention of clinical information. This is a fascinating and relevant area to research when considering the patient safety agenda within healthcare/ higher education learning.
I am also leading a research publication group with another HEI and Healthcare Trust in the Northeast of England. This project has looked a the impact and value of a structured Preceptorship Programme in District Nursing (paper due for publication 2019).
I am undertaking a research project exploring the impact of Simulation amongst student nurses.
Senior Fellow HEA
Fellow of the Queen`s Nursing Institute
NMC registered Tutor - Nurse Prescriber, District Nurse SPQ
Workplace Coach (ILM)
- Unsworth, J, Tucker, G, Cochrane, G and Mitchell, G (in press) Improving the prescribing of opiates in palliative care using case based learning. West Indian Medical Journal - in press.
- Tucker, G. and Lusher, A. (2018) The use of early warning scores to recognise and respond to patient deterioration in district nursing. British Journal of Community Nursing. 23: 2: 20-24.
- Unsworth, J, Tucker, G, and Hindmarsh, Y (2015) Man versus machine: the importance of manual blood pressure measurement skills amongst registered nurses. Journal of Hospital Administration, 4(6); 61-67
- Tucker, G, Unsworth, J and Hindmarsh, Y (2015) First do no harm: teaching and assessing the recognition and rescue of the deteriorating patient. Journal of Nurse Education and Practice, 5(6); 31-38
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