Karen Chandler

School: Nursing

Job Title: Associate Professor, Practice Learning


Phone: 0208 417 6717

Location: Kingston Hill Campus, Kingston University, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7LB


Karen Chandler is associate professor for practice learning in the School of Nursing. Prior to taking up this position, Karen was principal lecturer for pre-registration children's nursing at two different London universities.

Karen is a registered adult and children's nurse, with a clinical career in paediatric and neonatal intensive care, adult cardiothoracic intensive care and accident & emergency. Karen continues to practice clinically in the area of accident and emergency, and general paediatric care.

Karen entered nurse education in 2002, with an aim to develop the knowledge, skills and competence of qualified nurses caring for acutely ill children in district general hospitals. Karen's interest in pre-registration nurse education continued to grow, designing and delivering programmes to ensure nurses have the appropriate knowledge and skills at the point of registration.

Karen has published two chapters in Emergency Care of Children and Young People (Cleaver & Webb, 2007) to assist nurses in caring for acutely ill and injured children, and develop effective skills of paediatric resuscitation.

She was also involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of simulation in pre-registration nurse education to enhance nurse's skills, not only of assessment and management of the acutely ill child, but also the core skills of communication, medicines management and infection control. It was evident that using simulation as a form of learning meant students developed deeper knowledge and a higher level of competence. Karen presented 'The Impact of simulation on core skill development of first year nursing students' at the International HPSN Simulation Conference in 2013.

Karen's MSc thesis examined the causative factors of nurse attrition and the support first year nursing students require in order to remain on the pre-registration programme. Karen has continued to examine the reasons for high attrition in pre-registration nursing, representing the profession to influence future political decisions and implementing various strategies which have successfully reduced the attrition in pre-registration nursing programmes in two separate institutes. Karen's interest in attrition has led her to explore the subject of professional socialisation in nursing; as part of her educational doctorate Karen intends to publish her findings and be instrumental in the future of nursing.

Karen is passionate about her profession, and the importance of quality education, particularly the practice learning environment. Karen's role as associate professor, practice learning, will be to ensure students, mentors and organisations have a positive experience, which will be reflected in patient care.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • PgDip, Postgraduate Diploma Higher Education, Postgraduate Higher Education, University of Greenwich
  • MSc, Interprofessional Health, Canterbury Christchurch University
  • BSc, BSc & Diploma Studies, Nursing, Kings College London
  • Diploma, Registered Sick Childrens Nursing
  • Registered Nurse, University of Greenwich
  • Enrolled Nurse, Brook General Hospital

Professional experience

  • 2015 - present
    Associate Professor, Practice Learning, Kingston University
  • 2013 - 2015
    Principal Lecturer, Pre-Registration Children's Nursing, London South Bank University
  • 2002 - 2013
    Principal Lecturer, Pre-Registration Children's Nursing, University of Greenwich
  • 1999 - 2002
    Practice Development Facilitator, University Hospital, Lewisham
  • 1995 - 1999
    Senior Staff Nurse, Paediatric Intensive Care, Evelina London, Guys & St Thomas NHS Trust
  • 1992 - 1995
    Staff Nurse, Neonatal Intensive Care, Kings College Hospital, London
  • 1988 - 1992
    Staff Nurse, Accident & Emergency, Cardiothracic Services, Paediatric Services, Brook General Hospital London

Professional registration and membership

  • Registrant, Nursing and Midwifery Council

Research interests

Attrition in pre-registration nursing; professional socialisation in nursing, clinical and academic competence, values in nursing.


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Book Section

Chandler, Karen, McEwing, Gill and Kelsey, Janet (2007) Emergency care of the critically ill or seriously injured child. In: Cleaver, Karen and Webb, Janet, (eds.) Emergency care of children and young people. Oxford, U.K. : Blackwell. pp. 111-126. ISBN 9781405101103

Hoskins, Rebecca and Chandler, Karen (2007) Paediatric resuscitation. In: Cleaver, Karen and Webb, Janet, (eds.) Emergency care of children and young people. Oxford, U.K. : Blackwell. pp. 127-144. ISBN 9781405101103

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