Kim qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1986 in Paisley. She  worked in   theatre  and theatre recovery post qualifying.Moving to  Dumfries, Kim worked as part of the theatre team in a private hospital and  acute receiving unit in the local NHS Hospital.  She then trained as a midwife and worked in the Special Care Baby Unit  for two years. Kim then went on to work in the community as a duel duty staff midwife and staff nurse.She then did Specialist Practitioner District Nurse training in Glasgow and went on to work duel duty as a District Nurse and Midwifery Sister.

Kim has been involved in nurse education since 2002. Her areas of expertise lie in health promotion, community nursing and nurse education. She works with  pre-registration nurses-both BSc and MSc and leads on Return to Practice( Nursing and Midwifery). She an interest in recruitment and retention and is involved with both aspects in both pre-registration nursing and return to practice.   Kim's interest in recruitment lead to a year long secondment as the Lead for Widening Participation at the University of Cumbria which was linked to the National Aimhigher.

Kim is a Wellbeing Champion for UoC staff and a member of the Disability and Neurodivergent Network. She is an Orange Button holder ( suicide prevention training).

Qualifications and memberships


Nursing and Midwifery Council

Fellow Higher Education Academy

Association of District Nurse and Community Nurse Educators

Return to Practice Steering Group ( North West)

Return to Practice  Regional Network ( North Cumbria,Noerth East and Yorkshire)

National RtP Recruitment and Pastoral Care Group


MA(Ed) Lancaster University

PGCE(HE) Lancaster University

BSc (Community Nursing in the Home) Glasgow Caledonian University

Specialist Practitioner including nurse prescriber

Registered Midwife Dumfries and Galloway College of Nursing and Midwifery (now lapsed)

Registered Adult Nurse  Argyll and Clyde College of Nursing and Midwifery

Associate London College of Music (Dramatic Art) Teacher 

Academic and research interests

Research Interests

Her interest lies within the patient experience and the public image of nursing.

Person centred care

She also has an interest in diagnostic assessment particularly for those who are returning to nursing

Academic Interests

Academic skills: pre-registration and for those who have been out of education for a number of years (Return to Practice) Diagnostic Assessment

Public Health and Primary Care

Assessment and marking

Patient Lived Experience

Research supervision

Current supervisor for MSc students on health programmes

Recent external roles

National Institute for Health Research: Reviewer

 Subject expert for NMC Revalidation RTP Programme Swansea University ( 2021)

Book proposal reviewer for Wiley