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Dr Karen Rees

  • 01202 961773
  • krees at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer in Public Health/Health Visiting
  • Bournemouth House B245, 19 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3LH
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I currently lead the PGDip Public Health with Professional Registration as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (HV and SN pathways) programme within the Faculty. Teaching focuses largely on public health, health promotion and specialist practice. My research interests lie in understanding something more of the nature, uses, and facilitation of reflective practices and their contribution to nurse education, and I am affiliated to both the Centre for Health and Wellbeing and the Centre for Qualitative Research. Whilst developing an interest in a number of qualitative methods my primary focus is on the exploration of lived experience, phenomenological methods and philosophy.

Journal Articles


  • Rees, K., 2017. ‘JUST KEEP SWIMMING’ Experiencing ‘becoming’ a Channel swimmer. In: International Human Scince Research Conference 10-14 July 2017 Jelenia Gora, Poland.
  • Mills, A., Rees, K. and Turner-Wilson, A., 2016. Leaders for Justice in Future Public Health Practice. In: International Academic Forum 29 June-3 July 2016 Brighton.
  • Rees, K., 2013. Using dialogal phenomenology to understand the ‘feeling of a sense of duty’: Reflections on the process. In: International Human Science Research Conference 13-16 August 2013 Aalborg Denmark.
  • Rees, K., 2011. Over 'the edge'. Being reflective, the drive to establish own knowing. In: International Human Science research Conference, Intertwining body-self-world 17-30 July 2011 Oxford, UK.
  • Rees, K., 2010. Giving voice to experience through reflective practices: the embodiment of professional identity: 'I am a nurse'. In: International Human Science Research Conference; Giving voice to experience 4-8 August 2010 Seattle USA.
  • Rees, K., 2010. Responding to the emotional challenges of nursing work - the potential for reflective practices to contribute to the humanisation of healthcare. In: Biennial International Qualitiative Research Conference; Worlds connected: perform, involve, participate 6-8 September 2010 Bournemouth. UK.
  • Rees, K.L., 2009. Meaningful engagement with reflective processes: developing 'own knowing'. Implications for care giving practices. In: International Human Science Research Conference; Challenging the past- interpreting the present - envisioning the future 17-20 June 2009 Molde, Norway.
  • Rees, K., 2008. Imagining the reality of practice: the gap between learning in a 'safe' practicum and learning in real clinical environments for final year nursing students. In: International Human Science Research Conference 11-14 June 2008 Ramapo, New Jersey, USA.
  • Rees, K., 2008. Meaningful engagement with reflective processes: developing 'own knowing'. Implications for nurse education. In: Biennial International Qualitative Research Conference 8-10 September 2008 Bournemouth UK.
  • Galvin, K.T., Dahlberg, K., Todres, L., Keen, S., Horberg, U., Ozolins, L.-L., Ekebergh, M. and Rees, K.L., 2007. Symposium: Lifeworld as evidence and action: the Vaxjo/Bournemouth Collaboration. In: IHSRC 2007- International Human Science Research Conference: New frontiers of phenomenology Beyond postmodernism in empirical research 13-16 June 2007 Rovereto, Italy.
  • Rees, K., 2005. Reflecting on palliative care: the growth of professional values. In: International Reflective Practice Conference – Enlightened Holistic Care 31 May-1 June 2005 Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • Rees, K. and Gunter, E., 2003. The lived experience of facilitating mindfulness and reflective learning in pre-registration nursing programmes. In: International Reflective Practice Conference – Mindful Inquiry June 2003 Robinson College, Cambridge, UK.
  • Rees, K., 2002. Reflecting on reflection – issues for nurse education. In: International Reflective Practice Conference – Reflecting on reflection June 2002 Amsterdam, NL.


PhD Students

  • Helen Ribchester
  • Sharon Waight
  • Holly Chinnery, 2018. The lived expereince of having a false eye fitted for children following removal due to retinoblastoma
  • Elizabeth Waithaka, 2018. Developing a 0-19 public health nursing service for Dorset
  • Jill Phillips
  • Hilary Walsgrove
  • Vanessa Heaslip

Profile of Teaching PG

  • I am the Unit Leader for Professional Role (HV and SN pathways) and Public Health Leadership and Management (HV and SN pathways)
  • I am the Programme Lead for the PG Dip Public Health with Professional Registration as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (HV and SN pathways).

Profile of Teaching UG

  • I teach on Health and Wellbeing Throughout the Lifespan within the pre-registration Nursing curriculum. I contribute to the Return to Practice (Nursing) programme.


  • Registered Nurse in Adult (NMC, 1987)
  • Specialist Community Public Health Nurse in Health Visitor (King's College, London, 1992)
  • Specialist Practice Qualification in District Nurse (King's College, London, 1992)
  • PhD in The lived experience of final year nursing student (Bournemouth University, 2007)
  • MA in Education (University of Portsmouth, 1996)
  • BSc (Hons) in Community Nursing (Kings College, London University, 1992)


  • Institute of Health Visiting, Member,
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council, Registered Nurse, Health Vistor, District Nurse,
  • Phi Mu Chapter - Sigma Theta Tau International, Chair, Leadership Succession Committee (2003-),
  • Royal College of Nursing, Member (1984-),
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