New nursing staff: Expanding our excellent team

Beryl Mansel, Lecturer and Associate Professor Louise Condon have both started at the College of Human and Health Sciences this winter...read more about them here.

Beryl Mansel, Lecturer

Can you tell us a bit about your background?

"My background is in mental health nursing with experience of working in acute in-patient, community mental health and primary mental health services."

What brought you to Swansea?

"I have always described the atmosphere of Swansea University as cosmopolitan and having a buzz about it, and this was always a tremendous attraction for me. I began my nursing studies with Swansea University in 2005 and recently completed an MSc in Healthcare Management. To now work as a lecturer in mental health nursing at Swansea University is an ambition come true and a fantastic opportunity to find new goals to fulfil."

What are you looking forward to most about working in Swansea?

"I have developed a passion for analysing leadership and emotional intelligence within healthcare. The theoretical knowledge gained from my MSc studies which underpinned my clinical expertise led me to seek an academic career in Swansea University. It is now time to share my knowledge and experience with a focus to educate and empower nurse leaders of the future."

What do you hope to offer our students?

"I wish to draw from my own experiences to inspire student nurses to become empathic practitioners."

What one piece of advice would you offer to anyone looking to start a career in Nursing?

"Nursing is about person-centred care, but this is especially true of mental health nursing. My one piece of advice to mental health nursing students when working with patients is: listen and hear that person’s story. Mental health nursing is a very worthwhile and fulfilling career and you can make a significant difference in the lives of those who suffer from mental health problems."

 

 

Prof. Louise Condon, Associate Professor

In brief, can you tell us a bit about your background?

"My background is in nursing, midwifery and health visiting, and I have worked in Wales, London and Bristol in these roles. I have always loved research and throughout my career have enjoyed being involved in projects which have a direct effect on nursing practice."

What brought you to Swansea?

"I moved into Higher Education in 2010 after being a public health manager. We had just successfully won UNICEF Baby Friendly status for Bristol, making Bristol the first completely breastfeeding friendly city- and I needed a new challenge. I have now come to Swansea University for another new challenge!"

What are you looking forward to most about working in Swansea?

"I am most looking forward to being able to develop my research into the health of the most disadvantaged people, and to carry out projects which improve people’s lives. In the past I have carried out studies into the health of people in prison, Gypsies and Travellers and more recently migrant people. All these people have poor health in comparison with the majority population and more research is needed to find the best ways of making health services and healthier lifestyles more accessible to them. Apart from that I am looking forward to being by the sea side in the summer!"

What do you hope to offer our students?

"I very much enjoy helping students to develop as well-informed and discerning users of research and as potential future researchers. Having the opportunity to learn from an active researcher can help research come alive for students and they can see the impact for their practice."

What one piece of advice would you offer to anyone looking to start a career in Nursing?

"It is a wonderful career and there are so many opportunities for all kinds of nurses, whether in practice or research, or both together! So keep an open mind and enjoy the adventure."