Katherine Curtis

Dr Katherine Curtis

  • 01202965025
  • kcurtis at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Head of Department Nursing & Clinical Sciences
  • Bournemouth House B401, 19 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3LH
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Dr Katherine Curtis is Associate Professor and Head of Department Nursing and Clinical Sciences in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at Bournemouth University. She is a Registered Nurse and Nurse Educator with extensive clinical experience in adult critical care nursing as well as many years of experience and a successful track record in leading and managing undergraduate and postgraduate health professional preparation programmes. She has a particular research interest in the socialisation of compassionate practice and the sustainability of ethical practices within healthcare cultures and environments, attracting funding for research projects and practice innovations, and has published and presented her research nationally and internationally.

Katherine completed her Registered General Nurse education at St.Thomas’ Hospital in London in 1984, a BSc(Hons) in Psychology and Social Biology in 1991, a MSc in Behavioural Biology and Healthcare in 1997, and became an NMC Registered Lecturer/Practice Educator in 2003...



Compassionate Practice, Dignity in Residential and Domiciliary Care for Older People, Nursing Ethics, Professional Socialisation, Emotional Labour, Appreciative Inquiry, Grounded Theory, Phenomenology, Action Research, Narrative Enquiry

Journal Articles

  • Tee, S. and Curtis, K., 2018. Academic misconduct – Helping students retain their moral compass. Nurse Education Today, 61, 153-154.
  • Allan, H.T., Magnusson, C., Evans, K., Horton, K., Curtis, K., Ball, E. and Johnson, M., 2018. Putting knowledge to work in clinical practice: Understanding experiences of preceptorship as outcomes of interconnected domains of learning. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27 (1-2), 123-131.
  • Curtis, K. and Price, K., 2017. Factors that influence older people's engagement with digital health technology. Nursing Older People, 29 (10), 27-30.
  • Gallagher, A., Curtis, K., Dunn, M. and Baillie, L., 2017. Realising dignity in care home practice: an action research project. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 12 (2).
  • Curtis, K., Gallagher, A., Ramage, C., Montgomery, J., Martin, C., Leng, J., Theodosius, C., Glynn, A., Anderson, J. and Wrigley, M., 2017. Using appreciative inquiry to develop, implement and evaluate a multi-organisation ‘cultivating compassion’ programme for health professionals and support staff. Journal of Research in Nursing, 22 (1-2), 150-165.
  • Allan, H.T., Magnusson, C., Evans, K., Ball, E., Westwood, S., Curtis, K., Horton, K. and Johnson, M., 2016. Delegation and supervision of healthcare assistants’ work in the daily management of uncertainty and the unexpected in clinical practice: invisible learning among newly qualified nurses. Nursing Inquiry, 23 (4), 377-385.
  • Kinchin, I.M., Alpay, E., Curtis, K., Franklin, J., Rivers, C. and Winstone, N.E., 2016. Charting the elements of pedagogic frailty. Educational Research, 58 (1), 1-23.
  • Curtis, K., 2015. Compassionate Care: The student nurse perspective. Nursing and Residential Care, 17 (11), 641-642.
  • Curtis, K., 2015. Compassion is an essential component of good nursing care and can be conveyed through the smallest actions. Evidence-Based Nursing, 18 (3), 95.
  • Johnson, M., Magnusson, C., Allan, H., Evans, K., Ball, E., Horton, K., Curtis, K. and Westwood, S., 2015. 'Doing the writing' and 'working in parallel': How 'distal nursing' affects delegation and supervision in the emerging role of the newly qualified nurse. Nurse Education Today, 35 (2), e29-e33.
  • Allan, H.T., Magnusson, C., Horton, K., Evans, K., Ball, E., Curtis, K. and Johnson, M., 2015. People, liminal spaces and experience: Understanding recontextualisation of knowledge for newly qualified nurses. Nurse Education Today, 35 (2), e78-e83.
  • Curtis, K., 2014. Learning the requirements for compassionate practice: Student vulnerability and courage. Nursing Ethics, 21 (2), 210-223.
  • Curtis, K., 2013. 21st Century challenges faced by nursing faculty in educating for compassionate practice: Embodied interpretation of phenomenological data. Nurse Education Today, 33 (7), 746-750.
  • Curtis, K., Horton, K. and Smith, P., 2012. Student nurse socialisation in compassionate practice: A Grounded Theory study. Nurse Education Today, 32 (7), 790-795.
  • Curtis, K., 2012. Keep compassion alive. Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987), 26 (44), 64.



  • Curtis, K., 2017. Nursing Leadership for Cultivation of Compassionate Care: Findings from an Appreciative Inquiry project in England. In: Sigma Theta Tau International 44th Biennial Convention 28-30 September 2017 Indianapolis, USA.
  • Defillippis, T., Curtis, K. and Gallagher, A., 2017. The process of reharmonising connectedness as an ethical challenging experience. In: International Ethics in Care Conference 15 September 2017 Leuven, Belgium.
  • Curtis, K., 2017. Delegation and supervision of healthcare assistant's work in the daily management of the uncertain and the unexpected in clinical practice. In: RCN International Nursing research Conference 5-7 April 2017 Oxford.
  • Curtis, K., 2017. the Changing Uk Nursing Workforce: supporting successful introduction of new roles and apprenticeship education. In: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing 23 February 2017 Bournemouth.
  • Curtis, K., 2016. Compassionate Practice: Personal expectation, professional duty and real-world challenges. In: International Compassionate Forces in Healthcare 7 November 2016 Ireland.
  • Curtis, K., Defillippis, T. and Gallagher, A., 2016. Moral resilience among intensive care nurses in Switzerland: a Grounded Theory study. In: International Ethics in care Conference 14-15 September 2016 Sao Paulo.
  • Defillippis, T., Gallagher, A. and Curtis, K., 2016. Happiness, Eudaimonia and Moral Resilience. In: Economics, Health and Happiness Conference 14-16 January 2016 Switzerland.
  • Curtis, K., 2015. Grit and Pearls: Educating for ethical practice. In: World Congress on Nursing 23-25 November 2015 Dubai.
  • Curtis, K., 2015. Excellence in education and mentoring. In: Mentors Conference for Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 11 November 2015 Cobham, Surrey.
  • Curtis, K., 2015. ENACT: Empowering Nurses to Provide Ethical Leadership in Care Homes. In: 1st International Care Ethics Observatory and 16th Nursing Ethics (combined) Conference 17-18 July 2015 Surrey.
  • Defillippis, T., Gallagher, A. and Curtis, K., 2015. Conceptualising Moral Resilience. In: 1st International Care Ethics Observatory and 16th Nursing Ethics (combined) 17-18 July 2015 Surrey.
  • Curtis, K., 2015. Ensuring Compassion in Practice. In: The 6 C’s Conference 25 March 2015 Salford University.
  • Curtis, K., 2015. Securing Excellence in Patient Care: High quality education and mentoring. In: Mentors in Partnership Conference for Surrey NHS Trusts 11 February 2015 Cobham, Surrey.
  • Curtis, K., 2015. Building Creative Education Partnerships with the NHS. In: Surrey Excites 7 January 2015 Guildford.
  • Defillippis, T., Gallagher, A. and Curtis, K., 2014. Is Moral Resilience a Virtue? In: International Conference for Nursing Ethics 2-3 September 2014 Bangalore, India.
  • Curtis, K., 2014. Delegation as a Newly Qualified Nurse: Early findings from an intervention Study. In: The RCN International Research Conference 2-4 April 2014 Glasgow, Scotland.
  • Curtis, K., 2014. Supporting Student Learning of Professionalism. In: Surrey ExciTes 8 January 2014 Guildford Surrey.
  • Curtis, K., 2012. Sustaining Caring Practices in Challenging Times. In: Expert Panel University of Surrey 28 June 2012 University of Surrey.
  • Curtis, K., 2012. Nursing’s Got Talent. In: NETNEP 17-20 June 2012 Baltimore, USA.
  • Curtis, K., 2011. An Iterative Journey using Grounded Theory. In: Postgraduate Researcher Seminar Series 14 September 2011 University of Surrey.
  • Curtis, K., 2011. The Student Experience of Compassionate Care. In: NET2011 Conference 6-8 September 2011 Cambridge University.
  • Curtis, K., 2007. Using formative OSCE with peer feedback to develop physical assessment and consultation skills. In: RCN International Education Conference 4 May 2007 Brighton.
  • Curtis, K., 2004. The development of Masters Level OSCE. In: RCN International Education Conference 16 September 2004 Bath University.


  • Willis, 2015. Raising the Bar: Shape of Caring Report. London: Health Education England.

Internet Publications

PhD Students

  • Tiziana Defillippis, 2017. Moral Resilience of Intensive Care Nurses in Switzerland: A grounded theory study
  • Zoe Cowie. A Narrative Inquiry into the Experiences of Adults who grew up with Seriously Mentally Ill Parents
  • Peter Phillips. An Analysis of Factors Affecting Resilience in Paramedics
  • Susanna Bentman. An exploration of the clinical features, epidemiology, impact, current non -surgical management and outcome measures used within management of patients with neurogenic claudication secondary to degenerative spinal stenosis of the lumbar spine.
  • Marta Paglioni. A study exploring the impact on older people’s health and wellbeing from compassionate communication during their admission and in-hospital stay.


  • Leadership of digitAl health technology Uptake among Nurses in Care Homes: exploring the enablers for nursing leadership to LAUNCH e-health within residential nursing home settings. (Burdett Trust for Nursing, 02 Apr 2018). Awarded
  • Designing an Advanced Clinical Practice Development Porgramme (Health Education England, 03 Apr 2017). Awarded
  • Cultivating Compassion (Health Education Kent Surrey and Sussex, 08 Sep 2014). Completed
  • Registrar Ready: Development of simulation programme for senior medical staff working in acute and critical care (Health Education Kent Surrey and Sussex, 05 May 2014). Completed
  • Empowering Nurses to provide ethical leAdership in care homes supported by a dignity Toolkit (ENACT) (Burdett Trust for Nursing, 02 Dec 2013). Completed
  • Academic award and Recontextualising/Re-using Knowledge (AaRK) project (General Nursing Council, 03 Dec 2012). Completed

External Responsibilities

  • Journal of Nursing Management, Peer Reviewer (2015-)
  • Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, Peer Reviewer (2015-)
  • Journal of Advances in Medical Education and Practice, Peer Reviewer (2015-)
  • International Care Ethics Advisory Board, Founder Member (2014-), http://www.surrey.ac.uk/fhms/research/centres/ICE/
  • Journal of Advanced Nursing, Peer Reviewer (2013-)
  • Journal of Clinical Nursing, Peer Reviewer (2013-)
  • International Human Rights and Nursing Awards, Selection Committee (2012-)
  • Nursing Ethics Journal, Consultant Editor (2012-)
  • Nurse Education Today Journal, Peer Reviewer (2012-)
  • Nursing Ethics Journal, Peer Reviewer (2012-)
  • Nursing in Critical Care Journal, Peer Reviewer (2011-)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council, NMC Signatory (2008-)

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Raising the Bar: Shape of Caring Report (Willis 2015)
  • A presentation to a local CCG and HEKSS Deanery
  • 2015 Inter-Professional Learning within Health and Medical Sciences
  • 2012 An Expert Panel Presentation to the public at the University of Surrey


  • PhD in The socialisation of compassionate practice (University of Surrey, 2012)
  • MSc in Behavioural Biology and Healthcare (Roehampton University, 1997)
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Social Biology (Roehampton University, 1991)
  • PG Diploma in Health Professional Education (NMC Registered) (University of Portsmouth, 2003)
  • NMC Registered General Nurse in Adult Nursing (1984)
  • National Certificate in Workplace Mediation (2011)


  • Higher Education Academy, Senior Fellow (2014-),
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council, Member (1984-),
  • Royal College of Nursing, Member (1981-),
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