College of Human and Health Sciences Lecturer completes PhD

A Swansea University Lecturer and doctoral research student whose thesis has examined the experiences of children’s nurses who care for children with life limiting conditions has been awarded a PhD this week (9 July).

Eryl Zac Maunder received her doctorate at a Degree and Award Congregation for the university’s College of Human and Health Sciences held in the City and County of Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall.

Zac, who specialises in palliative care for children and young people, emotion management and community children’s nursing, completed her PhD part time while continuing her role as a lecturer in the Centre for Children and Young People at the College of Human and Health Sciences.

She said: “From personal clinical experience of children and young people’s palliative care nursing from both a community children’s nursing and community hospice nursing perspective, I knew that nurses play a key role in providing palliative care, and work in emotionally challenging roles.

“Yet I only really gave thought to the emotional demands of my previous clinical roles after I left clinical practice. It interested me that I focused on the emotional labour of my previous job when no longer performing the role and I have been fortunate to be able to undertake a PhD in order to explore this further.

“I received excellent support throughout from my principal supervisor Professor Billie Hunter and Professor David Hughes and also from the nursing team for children and young people’s nursing.”