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16th March 2009, 12:00pm
Professor of nursing makes Trinidad trip
Prof Serrant-Green meets staff A professor of nursing from the University of Lincoln has travelled to the West Indies to help academics develop research and teaching methods.

Professor Laura Serrant-Green, from the University’s School of Health and Social Care, flew to Trinidad for a week-long stay at the University of the West Indies, where she is a visiting professor.

Her work in the Caribbean is aimed at developing research capacity and capability among academics in the University of the West Indies’ School of Advanced Nursing Education.  She also hopes to introduce new teaching methods which will see a move away from traditional, didactic (or instructive) teaching towards a more student-centred approach.

This could mean improving e-learning opportunities for students, many of whom have families with young children and travel from other islands to study on the Trinidad campus.

Professor Serrant-Green, who was making her first trip to Trinidad since joining the University of Lincoln last year, delivered a series of presentations to staff and students. She also discussed opportunities for staff and student exchanges between the West Indies and Lincoln.

Professor Serrant-Green, who specialises in community and public health nursing, said:  “The similarities between the courses are quite interesting. On many of the smaller islands in the West Indies, much of the care is delivered in the community. Here at Lincoln we are educating students predominantly to work as community health nurses and public health nurses. In that respect, it’s similar to the West Indies.”

All the nursing students at the University of the West Indies are post-registration – meaning they are already qualified nurses studying on a full-time one-year BSc Nursing programme.

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