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Dr Sarah Burden

Dr Sarah Burden
Contact Details
Dr Sarah Burden


School of Health & Community Studies

???? S.Burden@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

About Dr Sarah Burden

Sarah is a Registered Nurse, an experienced Senior Lecturer and a Senior Fellow of the HEA. Following clinical practice in intensive care and medicine, she has been involved in higher education across pre-and post-registration and Continuing Professional Development programmes in the UK since 2001. She currently sits on the Royal College of Nursing Education Forum Steering Committee.

Sarah leads practice learning for pre-registration nursing programmes and has been involved in a number of practice focused projects across West Yorkshire, to support situated learning and the assessment of professional knowledge and competence. Funded projects include the West Yorkshire Nursing Simulation in Practice Project (WYSNPP) examining the role of simulation in nursing pre-registration programmes on behalf of the NMC. The development of a Single Practice Assessment Tool for pre-registration nursing, the development of a Multi-professional eLearning Mentor update package (www.mentorupdate.co.uk) and current development of an e-Practice Assessment platform for pre-registration nursing. As well as teaching responsibilities across a range of nursing modules relating to clinical skills, Long Term Conditions, End of Life Care, Medicines Management and mentor preparation, she undertakes external examining duties, has worked as a pre-publication reviewer for a number of skills and simulation texts and contributed to the Royal College of Nursing review into mentoring practices.

Current Teaching

Current module delivery on pre-registration nursing programmes:

  • Skills for Practice (Levels 5 and 6)
  • Supporting a person with a Long Term Condition or in End of Life Care (Level 6)
  • Introduction to Non-medical Prescribing (Level 6)
  • Leadership, Management and Enterprise (Level 6)

Current module delivery on Continuing Professional Development programmes:

  • Supporting Learning in Practice (Levels 6 and 7)
  • Management of the Research Process (Level 6)
  • Research in Practice ( Levels 6 and 7)

Research Interests

Research and enterprise interests focus on health professional education to support workforce and practitioner development and competence. She has conducted studies into the anxiety experienced by student nurses involved in End of Life Care, and examined mentor judgements and decision making regarding student competence in practice. Sarah is concerned with the impact of education and training on service user experience, the capability of practitioners to deliver skilled, quality care, and the effect of education upon individual practitioner development. She is currently involved in education projects in End of Life Care and Mental Health settings. She has experience in Mixed Methods design and implementation, and a range of survey and qualitative data collection methods. Sarah supervises PhD students exploring subjects such as the experience of newly registered nurses in their first year of practice, and the culture of learning that student nurses experience and witness during their practice placements.

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