Sue Melling

Sue Melling

  • 01202 961770
  • smelling at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Lecturer In Adult Nursing
  • BGB
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At present, I am a Lecturer in Adult Nursing and facilitate learning on the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing degree. I am also Academic Lead associated with tracking students who need to interrupt their studies for a period of time. With a background in developing expertise as a registered nurse in adult and child and young person’s nursing, my specialist area being intensive care nursing, I consistently aim to make a positive impact on the student nurse experience. I am passionate about instilling the values of good quality, safe, humanistic and person and family centred nursing care and I consistently strive to ensure a high quality student experience. To this end I employ varied pedagogical strategies and am innovative in my approach to student learning.

Having been awarded a First Class BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies degree, I pursued a career in higher education from 1997 and have had postings as a Lecturer in Adult and Child Health; Senior Lecturer and Leader of a Child Health team and Principal Lecturer as Academic Co-ordinator of Access and Recruitment...



Currently I am undertaking doctoral studies concerning ‘What are relatives’ perceptions, experiences and perceived needs in a hospital setting?’ related to when their family member is a patient in adult, medical areas of care in a NHS Trust hospital.

Previous postgraduate research concerned the needs and experiences of parents when their baby was born critically ill and required paediatric intensive care in a regional children’s hospital.

Journal Articles

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Professional Role, Level 6 (Delivered x 2).
  • Humanising Nursing Care, Level 5.
  • Identifying Knowledge for Practice, Level 4.
  • Fundamental Communication Skills, Level 4.
  • Personal and Professional Development, Level 4.

Conference Presentations

  • 10th Annual Postgraduate Research Conference, Bournemouth University, Symmetrical and/or asymmetrical interacting: a grounded theory of being a relative in a hospital setting, 07 Mar 2018, Bournemouth University
  • Nursing and Midwifery research across Europe, 'Symmetrical and/or asymmetrical interacting: a grounded theory explaining the process of being a relative during their family member's hospital admission in general medical areas of care'., 15 Nov 2017, Virtual conference event
  • The 8th Annual Postgraduate Conference, Decision-making Related to the Appropriate Method of Qualitative Data Collection., 09 Mar 2016, Bournemouth University


  • Senior Fellow HEA in Approaches to teaching and learning support (HEA, 2017)
  • MPhil in Person and family centred care. (Coventry University, 2001)
  • PGCE in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. (Coventry University ratified by SEDA., 1999)
  • Intensive Care Nursing of Children in Intensive Care Nursing of Children (University of Central England ratified by the ENB for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, 1998)
  • Nurse Tutor in Learning and teaching of nursing students. (University of Central England ratified by the ENB of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting., 1997)
  • First Class in Nursing Studies (Coventry University, 1996)
  • Registered Sick Children's Nurse in Nursing care of children and young people. (St George's Hospital, London ratified by the General Nursing Council., 1976)
  • State Registered Nurse. in Nursing care of adults. (St George's Hospital, London ratified by the General Nursing Council., 1975)


  • Nursing and Midwifery Council, Member,


  • I am a member and contributor to the Nurses' Forum group within the Nursing team at BU and the Humanisation group within the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences.