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Prof Debbie Porteous

Emeritus Professor of Nursing

Department: Nursing, Midwifery & Health

 Debra Porteous

Debra has 35 years teaching experience with students and colleagues in a professional nursing/ healthcare practice setting (1986-1995) and in a Higher Education setting (1995 – present), at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral academic levels.

Her clinical practice has focused on children’s nursing where Debra has led teams of nurses/doctors to be nationally recognised for the care given to children and families. An area of interest is empowering parents and young people to have a voice in the care they receive.

Debra has achieved a Professional doctorate and is interested in the student experience within Higher Education relating to nurse education. She is an active researcher, holding a portfolio of supervision of doctorate students and mentoring others in their academic development. Debra is a significant contributor to knowledge in her discipline, advancing theory and practice, through research and presentations/engagement in regional and national bodies.

Debra is passionate about the nursing profession and takes every opportunity to enhance the subject area. A key area of interest is to work collaboratively with other experts in the field of nursing to enable integration of teaching, research, enterprise and internationalism in the subject activity. This will ensure that the nurse profession continues to be high quality to provide nurses of the future that are fit to practice and able to deliver care at the point of requirement.

Debra regularly acts as an ambassador for the University externally at international, national and regional meetings and events.

Campus Address

Room CLC East E206,
Coach Lane campus, Northumbria University,
Newcastle upon Tyne,

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Investigating the processes and influences involved in the transformational journeys of Registered Nurse Degree Apprentices: A realist informed qualitative study., Derbyshire, J., Porteous, D., Corder, K., Foggo, B., Steven, A. 1 Jan 2024, In: Nurse Education in Practice
  • Talking point, The future of learning in the health sector: HSJ Health Service Journal, Porteous, D. 13 Sep 2023
  • The influence of practice experiences on feelings of role proficiency in emergency nurse practitioners: A phenomenological study, Monk, D., Porteous, D., Machin, A. Sep 2023, In: International Emergency Nursing
  • An Integrative Review Exploring Psycho-Social Impacts and Therapeutic Interventions for Parent Caregivers of Young People Living with Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, Porteous, D., Davies, B., English, C., Atkinson, J. 11 Mar 2021, In: Children
  • COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine administration, Gordon, C., Porteous, D., Unsworth, J. 25 Mar 2021, In: British Journal of Nursing
  • Development and evaluation of the validity and reliability of the Leading and Managing Care pre-registration nursing student assessment tool, Unsworth, J., Melling, A., Porteous, D. 31 Mar 2021, In: SAGE Open Nursing
  • Mental Well-Being in UK Higher Education During Covid-19: Do Students Trust Universities and the Government?, Defeyter, M., Stretesky, P., Long, M., Furey, S., Reynolds, C., Porteous, D., Dodd, A., Mann, E., Kemp, A., Fox, J., McAnallen, A., Concalves, L. 26 Apr 2021, In: Frontiers in Public Health
  • Developing an integrated approach to the assessment of student nurse competence using the Total Client Care (TCC) assessment tool, Unsworth, J., Melling, A., Porteous, D. Mar 2020, In: Nurse Education in Practice
  • Global citizens, Porteous, D., Morgan, D., Solomon, J., Platt, A., Allan, J., Shao, J., Conner, A. 9 May 2019, In: British Journal of Nursing
  • THE NHS LONG-TERM PLAN AND THE IMPORTANCE TO THE NORTH EAST REGION, Porteous, D. 1 Jan 2019, The North East After Brexit, Emerald

  • Daniel Monk The Influence of Practice Experiences on feelings of Role Proficiency in Emergency Nurse Practitioners’: A Phenomenological Study Start Date: 24/04/2017 End Date: 26/10/2021
  • Margaret Coates An Interpretative research study focusing on the nature and impact of conversations between health visitors and parents relating to infant weight, in the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme (DH,DSCF 2009). Start Date: 22/05/2019 End Date: 30/09/2022
  • Michelle Mitchell Exploring the experiences and perceptions of student nurses’ relationships with their community mentor; A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study Start Date: 01/05/2017 End Date: 23/06/2023

  • Education PhD May 15 2015
  • Education MEd June 30 2000
  • Education PGDip June 30 1998
  • Nursing Science BSc (Hons) June 30 1995
  • Nurse Educator 1998
  • Registered Sick Childrens Nurse RSCN 1988
  • Registered Nurse-Adult Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 1986

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