Abigail Emelonye

Dr Abigail Emelonye

  • Lecturer in Adult Nursing
  • BGB
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Dr Abigail Uchenna Emelonye joined Bournemouth University in January 2022 as a Lecturer (Academic) in the Department of Nursing Sciences. She is a Registered Nurse and contributes to the Adult Nursing programme. She holds a PhD in Health Sciences (Nursing Science) from the University of Eastern Finland, and an MSc in Pain Management from the University of Leicester. She has extensive experience in nursing, nursing education focused on student- centred pedagogical practice and research at both undergraduate and post graduate levels.

Other than academia, Abigail is passionate about promoting health, well-being and health access for vulnerable groups in particular women and children in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) through strengthening the approaches of reproductive, maternal, new-born and child healthcare service delivery. As, a senior health consultant, she has supported the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) in Nigeria to reduce preventable maternal and child deaths through operationalization of the National Emergency Maternal and Child Health Intervention Centre (NEMCHIC)...


Journal Articles

  • Emeribe, A.U., Emelonye, A.U. et al., 2021. Dengue virus is hyperendemic in Nigeria from 2009 to 2020: A contemporary systematic review. Infection and Chemotherapy, 53 (2), 284-299.
  • Emelonye, A. and Kezie-Nwoha, H., 2021. Health Systems Strengthening in Post Conflict Reconstruction: Reflection on Uganda. International Journal of Women’s Health Care, 6 (2), 151-160.
  • Emelonye, U. and Emelonye, A., 2019. Preventing Maternal Mortality in Nigeria: A Human Rights Imperative. US-China Law Review, Vol.16 (4), 166-178.
  • Emelonye, A., Aliga, C., Mutyabule, J. and Nakate, G., 2018. Examining nursing practices for management of sepsis in low income countries: the case of Uganda. Connect: The World of Critical Care Nursing, 12 (1), 1-4.
  • Emelonye, A.U., Pitkäaho, T., Aregbesola, A. and Vehviläinen-Julkunen, K., 2017. Barriers to spousal contribution to childbirth pain relief in Nigeria. International Nursing Review, 64 (4), 568-575.
  • Emelonye, A.U., Pitkäaho, T., Aregbesola, A. and Vehviläinen-Julkunen, K., 2017. Women's perceptions of spousal relevance in childbirth pain relief in four Nigerian hospitals. Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, 12, 128-132.
  • Emelonye, A.U., Vehviläinen-Julkunen, K., Pitkäaho, T. and Aregbesola, A., 2017. Midwives perceptions of partner presence in childbirth pain alleviation in Nigeria hospitals. Midwifery, 48, 39-45.
  • Emelonye, A., Pitkäaho, T., Aregbesola, A. and Vehviläinen-Julkunen, K., 2016. Revisiting Nursing Research in Nigeria. International Journal of Medicine and Biomedical Research, 5 (2), 78-85.
  • Emelonye, A.U., Pitkäaho, T. and Vehviläinen-Julkunen, K., 2015. Spousal Presence as a Nonpharmacological Pain Management during Childbirth: A Pilot Study. Nurs Res Pract, 2015, 932763.
  • Vehviläinen-Julkunen, K. and Emelonye, A., 2014. Spousal participation in labor and delivery in nigeriaa. Ann Med Health Sci Res, 4 (4), 511-515.


  • Emelonye, A., 2017. SPOUSAL PRESENCE IN CHILDBIRTH PAIN RELIEF. PhD Thesis. University of Eastern Finland/ Department of Nursing Science.
  • Emelonye, A., 2012. An Audit of Current Nursing Practices of Acute Pain Management in Rural Health Care Facilities in Nigeria. Master's Thesis. University of Leicester.
  • Emelonye, A., 2005. The Impact of Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) in Children 0-5years: A Case Study of Owerri West LGA, Imo State Nigeria. Undergraduate Dissertation. School of Nursing, Ministry of Health Owerri.

PhD Students

  • Silifat Oyewusi. “Exploring Adolescent Reproductive Health Care Perceptions and Practices Among Secondary Students in Nigeria, (In progress)
  • Mala Alh. Baba Mallam. Teachers Motivation and Performance in Colleges of Nursing and Midwifery in Nigeria, (In progress)
  • Maijiddah Aminu. Exploration of nurses vital signs practices and attitudes during COVID 19 Pandemic, (In progress)
  • Hadeeza Yahaya. Factors influencing job satisfaction among nurses in government Hospitals in Nigeria., (In progress)

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Nursing and Theory Application
  • Developing Skills for Promoting Health and Wellbeing
  • Nursing Practice and Nursing Skills
  • Research for Professional Practice
  • Developing a Literature Review

External Responsibilities

  • Maryam Abacha American University of Niger (MAAUN), International Academic Supervisor
  • National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Facilitator/Project Supervision

Journal Reviewing/Refereeing

  • PLoS One, Anonymous peer review, 31 Mar 2021
  • European Journal of Midwifery, Anonymous peer review, 17 Mar 2021
  • SM-Journal of Nursing, Anonymous peer review, 24 May 2017
  • Journal of Applied Nursing Science, Anonymous peer review, 10 Feb 2016
  • International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences, Anonymous peer review, 02 Feb 2015

Conference Presentations

  • 5th Nigeria Family Planning Conference, Abuja- Nigeria, Strengthening Contraceptive Prevalence Rate in Nigeria: Where are the Men?, 04 Dec 2018, Abuja, Nigeria
  • National Antibiotics Awareness: Antimicrobial Resistance Policy Dialogue, 22 Nov 2018, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Finalization & validation meeting of the Integrated Family Planning, Life Saving Skills and Expanded Life Saving Skills Manuals, 05 Nov 2018, Abuja, Nigeria
  • 12th International Family Nursing Conference (IFNA) Odense, 18 Aug 2015, Odense, Denmark
  • 8th ICN INP/APNN Conference, Helsinki, Finland., Nigerian Nursing and Nursing Research: Revisited, 18 Aug 2014, Helsinki
  • Nordic Conference in the University of Turku, Finland, Development and Validity of Three Questionnaires: Abuja Instrument for Parturient Pain (AIPP), Abuja Instrument for Parturient Spouses (AIPS) and Abuja Instrument for Midwives (AIM)., 14 Jul 2014, Turku, Finland


  • PhD in Health Sciences (Nursing Science) (University Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland, 2017)
  • MSc in Pin Management (University of Leicester, UK, 2012)
  • General Nursing Certificate /RN in Adult Nursing (Nursing and Midwifery Council Nigeria, 2005)
  • BSc (Hons) in Education (University of Portharcourt, Nigeria, 1997)


  • Research Travel Scholarship (University of Eastern Finland & Saastamoinen Foundation, 2014)
  • Registered Nurse (Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, 2006)
  • Best PTS student (School of Nursing ,Ministry of Health, Owerri, 2003)



  • International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
  • National Emergency Maternal and Child Health Intervention Centre (NEMCHIC), NPHCDA ,Nigeria
  • Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria