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Iain Burns is currently a Senior lecturer responsible for the delivery of Skills and Practice education on the Fife campus, linking closely with the NHS to ensure students are prepared for practice and registration as a nurse. Linked to this he and colleagues are currently undertaking research into improving communication skills for undergraduate students in the practice setting. Iain also supports posy qualifying students from COPD to master’s level studies. Iain was on secondment from the University to NHS Fife full time from 2008 until 2011 as head of Practice and professional development for the Operational (Acute) Division within NHS Fife and I between 2011 and 213 undertook a clinical academic role with the School of Nursing and Midwifery and NHS Fife as a Senior Lecturer within the university and Head of Practice and Professional Development for NHS Fife Community Health Partnerships. He trained in Nursing at Fife College of Nursing and Midwifery after completing an undergraduate degree in Business Organisation at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh (qualifying as a nurse in 1985). His early clinical experience was gained in Fife, becoming a Charge Nurse in 1988 before pursuing a career in education first as clinical teacher in 1989 and Nurse Tutor in 1992. While undertaking this role he completed his MSC in nursing with the Royal College of Nursing (Manchester University) in 1999. As a result of the move of nurse and midwifery education into the University of Dundee in 1996 and the setting up of the School of Nursing and Midwifery he was appointed as a Pre- Registration Programme Leader for Adult Nursing in 1996. In 2001 he took up a senior lecturer role as Director of the Clinical and Practice Support Unit and latterly as Professional Head for Adult nursing (until 2008). In this role he was a member of the School Management Team and contributed to the strategic management of the school. He also has contributed to shaping of national education initiatives as a secondee to NHS Education for Scotland from 2004-2007, helping support the development of practice education support roles and the national approach to supporting learning in practice.
Wider professional activities
I link with the practice and professional l development Unit within NHS
Fife and I am a reviewer for Nurse Education Today
BURNS, I., (1995). Raising the profile of health promotion. Nursing Standard.
BURNS, I. & GLEN, S., (2000). A New Model for a New Context. In: GLEN, S. & WILKIE, K., eds. Problem-based Learning: A New Model for a New Context. London: MacMillan Press.
BURNS, I. & GLEN, S., (2000). Problem-based Learning: An Educational Model for Preparation for Practice. In: GLEN, S. & WILKIE, K., eds. Problem-based Learning: A New Model for a New Context. London: MacMillan Press.
WILKI, K and BURNS, I (2002) Problem-based Learning: A Handbook for Nurses London: Palgrave MacMillan.
BURNS, I and PATERSON I (2004) Clinical Practice and Placement Support: supporting learning in practice. (Nurse Education in Practice accepted for publication January 2004.)
PATERSON, I and BURNS, I (2007)Making Practice Perfect. Nursing Management. 14(3) pp12-16.
McARTHUR, G and BURNS, I (2007) An evaluation at the 1-year stage, of a 3-year project to introduce practice education facilitators to NHS Tayside and Fife. Nurse Education in Practice 8(3), pp149-155
BURNS, I (2009) Easing the transition: preparing nursing students for practice. Nursing Management 16(6) pp20-21.
BURN, I. (Editor) (2004-2008) Mentor Bulletin Edinburgh:NHS Education for Scotland
Presentation of Papers:
Self assessment for student nurses in the clinical area, Adult Branch Consortium Workshop, Aviemore – 1990
Self and peer assessment for teachers, Fife College of Health Studies – 1992
The clinical role of the nurse/midwife teacher, Fife College of Health Studies – 1994
Assessment Strategies which Stimulate Health Promotion in Clinical Environment, National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting Teachers Conference, Aviemore – 1996
Assessment Strategies which Stimulate Health Promotion in Clinical Environment, Midwives and Health Promotion – A study day for midwives, Lothian College of Health Studies – 1996
Problem-based Learning – A Student Nurse Perspective, University of Dundee, School of Nursing and Midwifery – 1998
Problem-based Learning – A Student Nurse Perspective, Working with enquiry based learning and problem based learning: National Conference, University of Southampton School of Nursing and Midwifery – 1999
Problem-based Learning – A Student Nurse Perspective, 1st Annual Research Conference in Nursing and Midwifery Education School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dublin Trinity College – 2000
Supporting Learning in Practice- NHS Education for Scotland Partners in Practice Conference
The Newton Hotel Nairn-20th/21st March 2003
Service and Support Links Scottish executive/NHS Education for Scotland Student Conference Edinburgh International Conference Centre 17th September 2004
Practice Education Facilitators: The story so far!!Informing or Transforming the Curriculum? Policy, Practice and Partnerships Education for Scotland Carnoustie Golf and Spa resort 8th /9th December 2004
Pre-employment induction for undergraduate nursing students; improving preparation for practice-International Networking for Education in healthcare Conference, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge 8th/10th September 2009
Problem-based Learning – A Student Nurse Perspective, Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom Research Society Annual Nursing Research Conference – 1999
An evaluation at the 1-year stage, of a 3-year project to introduce practice education facilitators to NHS Tayside and Fife, NETNEP International Conference, Dublin, June 2008