Patricia Pellegrinello is a mental health nursing lecturer who started with the University in November 2019 as an associate lecturer and has been a lecturer since September 2020. In this meantime, Patricia has gathered experience and knowledge in a variety of learning and teaching styles and has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. Patricia has completed a training in personal academic coaching, aligned with the University requirements and developments, to increase the support provided to our students. Patricia’s next step is to continue her studies in education and research.
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Patricia’s background of mental health nursing and therefore the experiences that she has gained when working in the NHS settings (criminal justice, crisis team, eating disorders and single point of access for children and young people) enable her to provide students with examples of good practice and to discuss not so good practice that has been observed over the years. This is also relevant to assist students to link theory to practice. Patricia incorporates current evidence-based research and practice into the educational materials, to assist students to build their own knowledge, critical reasoning, and self-reflection. As a module leader, Patricia has designed two modules (Research for Mental Health Nursing/Leading and Managing care in the Inter-Professional Context) as part of the new curriculum. Patricia always incorporates different learning and teaching approaches into her practice, to meet the different learning styles and diversity of the student population. She has been using a variety of resources i.e., videos, quizzes, links to other websites/resources, breakout rooms, pool, discussion forums to increase the level of engagement of students in the learning process, but also to enable different learning strategies.
Patricia has been attending conferences around mental health topics to keep herself up-to-date with research and its developments. As part of the Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice she has undertaken a small research scale inquiry project. This small study evaluates the use of an asynchronous online case-based learning approach implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic to prepare students for a delayed start to their first mental health nursing practice placement. This project has provided her with further skills in research and it has contributed to improve her current practice in teaching. On the other hand, she continuously makes use of published and appraised research to improve her practice and she intends to complete further small-scale projects within the University.
Patricia is registered with the NMC and is in the process of registering with the Advanced Higher Education Fellowship.