Professor Bernie Carter

Edge Hill academic and Professor of Children’s Nursing, Bernie Carter, has featured in a special online journal celebrating the contributions of Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Fellows, who have advanced the science and practice of nursing. 

Prof Carter is one of 22 RCN Fellows to have featured in a collection of articles published by the Nursing Standard journal, each one highlighting their impact on research, education or policy. 

For more than 20 years, Prof Carter has undertaken research and scholarly work around children’s nursing. Her expertise focuses on children and young people whose lives are disrupted by pain, illness, disability and complex health care needs. 

In her article, she focuses on using arts-based approaches to share knowledge about children’s pain assessment and she draws specifically on her research with mothers of children who are profoundly cognitively impaired. 

Prof Carter said: “Being a Fellow of the RCN is an honour and to be one of the Fellows featured in this special collection of articles is fantastic. In my paper, I explore how working with parents, artists, writers and illustrators can create new and interesting ways of sharing the findings of my work with children, young people, parents, professionals and academics. The animation, Communicating Lily’s Pain, is the result of a really fruitful collaboration and I hope that it will help improve children’s pain assessment and management and inspire other researchers to be creative.” 

The special issue has been published by the RCN to mark the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, led by the World Health Organisation to commemorate Florence Nightingale’s bicentennial year. 

A paper looking at the enduring legacy of RCN Fellows has been released simultaneously in the online and print issue of Nursing Standard magazine, which demonstrates the active engagement of RCN Fellows in the global scholarship community through co-authorship and international collaboration. 

Edge Hill University’s Faculty of Health, Social Care & Medicine is one of the largest providers of health and social care education in the North West of England and home to the new Medical School

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