Sharon qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1996, and began her career in the Cardiac Centre at Morriston Hospital. She came to the College of Human & Health Sciences in 2003 as a nurse tutor, and is now a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Nursing.
Sharon led a team who brought Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) to the pre-registration nursing curriculum. As nursing is a practice-based profession, students have to assimilate clinical knowledge and skills. Simulated learning environments can serve as an educational strategy to achieve outcomes in a safe learning environment. In early 2014 Sharon implemented simulation sessions as part of the ‘recognising the sick patient’ scheme of work.
In 2012 she developed the Masters in Education for the Health Professions programme with colleagues, and is now the Programme Director. This has been an extremely successful programme with one of the highest number of postgraduate students within the College. Different pathways are offered so students can tailor the programme to their individual needs. Sharon remains very hands-on and leads ‘Teaching and Learning for the Health Professions’ Educators’ in Year 1 of the programme, to prepare health care educators for their role in teaching, supervising and assessing learners in the context of inter-professional education. This Masters programme is pioneering, the first of its kind in the UK, and is used by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) as an exemplar. Sharon is also affiliated to the HEA as a Senior Fellow.
In 2015 Sharon’s inspirational teaching was recognised with the Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award. Sharon says the award has motivated her to further develop herself and her teaching, as well as being a positive influence to the staff that she manages in the Department of Nursing. As the team leader for Adult Nursing at Swansea, Sharon provides guidance to staff who want to use a blended learning approach within their practice.
Sharon’s research has focuses on pedagogy, and has informed her educational practices. She has used research findings to advance knowledge about student nurses' mathematical ability and helped to shape the pre-registration nursing curriculum including the purchasing of an internet-based learning resource and the development of a strategy to teach, support learning and assess drug calculation skills.
Family life is very important to Sharon. She is the main carer for her adult daughter who has disabilities, and lives independently close by.