Helen Gardner is the Programme Director for the BNurs (Hons) Programme. She is also a Lecturer in Child Nursing on this programme.
PGDip Education 2003
PGCert Educational and Professional Development 2002
MA Research Methodology 2001
BSc (Hons) Child Health 1998
Diploma in Professional Studies in Nursing 1996
ENB 998 Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice 1994
ENB 415 Intensive Care Nursing of Children 1990
Registered Sick Children’s Nurse (RSCN) 1977
Registered General Nurse (RGN) 1977
Helen Gardner qualified in 1977 in general (adult) and children’s nursing at what was then the Queen Elizabeth School of Nursing, Birmingham. After taking some time out to have a family she then developed a career in Intensive Care Nursing of Children at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCH), where she was a Sister on the Children’s Intensive Care Unit for many years. Following a spell in Professional Development at BCH and having gained further clinical and academic qualifications she entered the field Higher Education in 2001 as a Lecturer in Child Nursing (Pre-Registration).
Helen also has teaching experience in Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) and Post-Graduate Education, and spent some time in a department providing academic skills development and support for students on a range of both Pre-Registration and LBR programmes. She also has experience in advising prospective LBR students regarding Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning (AP(E)L). She joined the University of Birmingham in July 2008 as part of the team teaching Children’s Nursing on the BNurs (Hons) Programme and has been BNurs Programme Director since September 2009. Helen is also on the Nurse Bank at Acorn’s Children’s Hospice, Worcester, where she works a couple of weekend shifts every month nursing children with life-limiting conditions.
Helen teaches pre-registration students in the Child Field of Practice as well as contributing to teaching across the generic aspects of the programme.
Children with complex congenital heart disease and their families
Writing up PhD
I am a member of the following University committees:
BNurs (Hons) Curriculum Development Committee (Chair)
Staff Student Consultation Committee
Practice-Based Learning Committee
N&P Learning and Teaching Committee
College Learning and Teaching Committee
I was an external examiner at Kingston University 2002-2006
Hutton, M. and Gardner, H. (2005) Paediatric Nursing: Calculation Skills. Paediatric Nursing (Supplement) March 17(2).
Chippendale, M. and Gardner, H. (2001) A model for implementing the “Scope of Professional Practice”. Journal of Child Health Care. 5(3) pp.105-110.
Research Thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the MA in Research methodology (Birmingham City University, formally University of Central England) “Clinical supervision: enabling and empowering? A phenomenological study of nurses’ lived experience of clinical supervision. 2001
Gardner, H. (2000) Family-friendly policies. Paediatric Nursing. 12(9), p. 10