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Dr Debra Morgan

Assistant Professor

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Debra has over 30 years of experience as a Registered Nurse, including 20+years in the role of senior lecturer / assistant professor in the field of nurse education. Debra has also served terms as Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Director of International Development and Recruitment (Principal Lecturer), and Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Director of Transnational Education.

Debra's area of expertise is framed as ‘transcultural nursing, education and research’. Debra has generated, published and implemented evidence-based pedagogy to develop, lead and teach programmes and modules that impact on nursing practice in the UK and globally, including low and lower-middle income countries. Debra has also led on projects to investigate and develop cultural competence and global citizenship in nursing, with an overarching aim to develop healthcare education globally and to reduce global health inequality.

Debra has research expertise in qualitative approaches and in particular hermeneutic phenomenology (HP). Debra developed a modified approach to data analysis suitable for multiple context HP research. She has also undertaken commissioned mixed methods service evaluation work and is a member of the university Global Development Futures interdisciplinary research group. Debra provides PhD supervision and is a PhD examiner. Debra's educational expertise includes design and leadership of international programmes, transcultural teaching expertise, international student well-being and support and international educational consultancy work, including design of novel virtual consultancy models for low and lower-middle income countries. Debra has expertise in the pedagogy of student and staff mobility, including virtual exchange, and leads the departments mobility programme which seeks to support students to develop cultural competence and humility, to progress as global graduates and as global citizens. Debra is also an active member of a global community of practitioners and co-leads the Advance HE network 'Authentic Learning for Global Citizenship'.

Debra Morgan

Transcultural nursing and transcultural education: Comprising the development of cultural competence and humility, culture and health, global health and global healthcare. Development of healthcare education in low and lower-middle income countries. Virtual approaches to transcultural education and pedagogy of study abroad. Learning and teaching methodologies and concepts such as transformative learning, internationalisation, global citizenship, threshold concepts in nursing, virtual exchange, global healthcare development using participatory approaches.

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  • Parameters of learning during clinical nursing study abroad: focused analysis of phenomenological data using a change-transformative learning theory lens, Morgan, D. Nov 2023, In: Nurse Education in Practice
  • Analysing complexity: developing a modified phenomenological hermeneutical method of data analysis for multiple contexts, Morgan, D. 2 Nov 2021, In: International Journal of Social Research Methodology
  • Learning in liminality. Student experiences of learning during a nursing study abroad journey: A hermeneutic phenomenological research study, Morgan, D. Aug 2019, In: Nurse Education Today
  • Implementation and evaluation of a transformative learning framework to enhance learning during study abroad: poster+presentation, Morgan, D., Smith, G. 8 Sep 2021, NET 2021 Conference
  • Learning within a global community of practice: Implementation of virtual exchange into a student nurse and student midwifery programme, Morgan, D., Smith, G. 29 Jun 2022, Three Rivers Learning & Teaching Conference 2022. Engaging Students: Building Communities
  • Enhancing learning during the liminal journey of study abroad: Developing a study abroad transformative learning framework, Morgan, D. 2 Jul 2019, Advance HE Teaching & Learning Conference 2019

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Consultancy: Exploring the views of staff involved in the regional implementation of the personalised anticipatory care programme using the Year of Care approach: A mixed methods service evaluation 2023
  • Membership of committee: Personalised Anticipatory Care Programme Steering Group, Northumbria Healthcare Trust (External organisation) 2023
  • Examination: PhD external examiner for Central Queensland University, Australia 2023
  • Consultancy: International educational consultancy: Kulangwa Prinmat School of Nursing, Tanzania. 'Building health worker education in Tanzania' 2020
  • Other: Association of Commonwealth Universities task and finish project peer mentor: ‘Commonwealth universities and the global pandemic: Early career researchers’ review of responses and prospects’ 2020

  • James Brown An interpretive phenomenological exploration of registered Operating Department Practitioners experience of student supervision and the practice assessment process Start Date: 16/04/2021 End Date: 21/10/2022
  • Jonathan Vella The Professional Relationship between the Clinical Mentor and the Nursing Academic Start Date: 01/10/2020

  • PhD August 31 2018
  • Academic Studies in Education MA June 30 2011
  • Education PGCE June 30 2004
  • CertEd June 30 2001
  • Health MSc June 30 2000
  • Health Studies BSc (Hons) June 30 1995
  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy SFHEA 2020
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2004
  • Registered Nurse Tutor Nursing and Midwifery Council RNT/ LPE 2004
  • Registered General Nurse, Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) RGN 1989

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