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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Professor of Nursing
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Nursing
  • jan.draper

Professional biography

Following a clinical background in adult nursing, I moved into higher education in the late 1980s, supporting students on both pre-and post-qualifying nursing programmes at a range of different academic levels. Over the last fifteen years this has been predominantly in the field of distance learning, firstly with the Royal College of Nursing Institute and, since 2007, at The Open University. Central to my approach is a desire that all education should, in some way, make an impact on practice and my education and research activity is predicated on this one, central aim. I have experience of a range of research projects under the broad heading of ‘life course transitions’. My early research interest was in the area of maternity services and, in particular, the experience of service users and their representatives. My PhD (1995-2000) developed this interest and used an ethnographic approach to explore men’s experiences of their transition to fatherhood. This prompted an interest in a number of conceptual frameworks including transition theory and the sociology of the body, both of which I have subsequently used in other empirical and writing projects. A second research theme relates to professional work-based learning including student support in practice, the transition to registered practitioner and beyond and, in particular, the impact of learning on practice.

Please see my link to The Open University Open Research Online repository
http://www.open.ac.uk/hsc/people/profile.php?name=Jan_Draper
http://oro.open.ac.uk/view/person/jd6477.html

 

Research interests

My interests can be grouped under the broad heading of 'life course transitions' and the scholarship of learning and teaching. My previous projects are listed below:

1995 Draper. £2,000 grant from a local NHS Trust to undertake a survey to explore maternity services users’ satisfaction with information received in the antenatal period. Lead applicant and sole researcher.

1996/7 Draper, Newburn, Dodds and Wang. £75,000 grant from the Department of Health as part of the Changing Childbirth Implementation Strategy. This was a collaborative project with the National Childbirth Trust designed to develop, implement and evaluate training for user representatives within the maternity services arena. Lead applicant and joint project manager.

2001 Draper and Watson. Unfunded evaluation of a local NHS cadet scheme. The study employed both quantitative and qualitative methods and explored former cadets’ experiences of a cadet scheme nine months into their pre-registration nurse education. Joint researcher and joint project manager.

2001/2 Draper, Jowett, Norman, Normand (with Watson and Wilson-Barnett). £107,753 grant from the Department of Health to undertake a national evaluation of NHS cadet schemes across England. Employing quantitative and qualitative methods, this was a collaborative project with King’s College London, the Universities of Hull and Luton, the RCNI, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Joint applicant and joint project manager.

2007/9 Draper, Clark and Sparrow. £200,000 from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as part of the Higher Education Innovation Fund 3 (HEIF3). The remit of the Impact on Practice (ImP) Project was to develop a framework to maximise the impact of continuing professional education on healthcare practice. Co-applicant and joint project manager.

2008/9 Draper, Sparrow and Gallagher. £16,000 from the OU Practice Based Learning Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. This project explored student nurses' experiences of the transition from student to staff nurse. Lead applicant and principle investigator. http://www.open.ac.uk/pbpl/activities/details/detail.php?itemId=483420a1808e2&themeId=49887a1373845

2009/10 Draper McDonagh and Gallagher. £4,650 from the OU Practice Based Learning Centre for Excellenve in Teaching and Learning to undertake a project to explore Programme Tutor's experiences of tutoring students on the OU pre-registration nursing programme. Lead applicant and co-investigator. http://www.open.ac.uk/pbpl/activities/details/detail.php?itemId=49903573d2bd8&themeId=49887a1373845

2010/11 Draper and Clark: £75,000 from HEFCE Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) 4 to explore the utility of the impact on practice framework developed in the HEIF 3 project. Secured £50,000 additional funding with East of England Strategic Health Authority (£125,000 in total).

2013 Draper and colleagues: £3,720 sponsored by the OU’s Pro Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching to explore the impact of the pre-registration nursing programme on nursing workforce development, employability and career progression

Teaching interests

In the past, I have supported learning on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses including women's health, nursing theory, research and evidence based practice, gerontological nursing, leadership and the promotion of person-centred ways of working with older people.

In terms of learning and teaching processes, I am very interested in flexible and distance learning approaches, recognising the increasing need for nurses to be able to study more flexibly, when and where they can. As a national provider of supported and open distance learning, the OU is well positioned to respond to the education needs of nurses and other healthcare workers. Our current offer in the Faculty of Health and Social care includes learning opportunities for healthcare support workers including a part-time, pre-registration nursing programme for sponsored health care assistants (the only one of its kind using distance learning methods) and a post-qualifying education framework.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Centre for Ageing and Biographical Studies (CABS)CentreFaculty of Health and Social Care
FHSC Teaching and Learning Research GroupResearch GroupFaculty of Health and Social Care

Publications

Manager's role in maximizing investment in continuing professional education (2016-02-01)
Draper, Janet; Clark, Liz and Rogers, Jill
Nursing Management, 22(9) (pp. 30-36)
Ethnography: principles, practice and potential (2015-05-06)
Draper, Janet
Nursing Standard, 29(36) (pp. 36-41)
Illuminating the process: evaluating the impact of continuing professional education on practice (2015)
Clark, Elisabeth; Draper, Janet and Rogers, Jill
Nurse Education Today, 35(2) (pp. 388-394)
Embodied practice: rediscovering the 'heart' of nursing (2014-10)
Draper, Jan
Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70(10) (pp. 2235-2244)
'Ready to hit the ground running': alumni and employer accounts of a unique part-time distance learning pre-registration nurse education programme (2014-10)
Draper, Jan; Beretta, Ruth; Kenward, Linda; McDonagh, Lin; Messenger, Julie and Rounce, Jill
Nurse Education Today, 34(10) (pp. 1305-1310)
Editorial: ‘Slaying the myth’ of the overqualified nurse: the graduate nurse and older people (2014-03)
Tetley, Josie and Draper, Janet
International Journal of Older People, 9(1) (pp. 1-2)
Transforming dementia and end-of-life care by investing in learning and development (2013-11)
Tetley, Josie and Draper, Janet
International Practice Development Journal, 3(2) (pp. 1-2)
The (silent) voice of nursing? (2010)
Sparrow, Shelagh and Draper, Janet
Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19 (pp. 603-604)
Calculating the costs of work-based learning: the case of NHS Cadet Schemes (2008-08)
Norman, Ian; Normand, Charles; Watson, Roger; Draper, Janet; Borg-Longhurst, J; Jowett, Sandra and Coster, Samantha
International Journal of Nursing Studies, 45(9) (pp. 1310-1318)
A review of the factors involved in older people's decision making with regard to influenza vaccination: a literature review (2008-01)
Draper, Janet and Ward, Leigh
Journal of Clinical Nursing, 17(1) (pp. 5-16)
A critical literature review exploring the challenges of delivering effective palliative care to older people with dementia in the acute hospital setting (2008)
Birch, Deborah and Draper, Janet
Journal of Clinical Nursing, 17(9) (pp. 1144-1163)
Evaluating the impact of continuing professional education on healthcare practice: the rhetoric and the reality (2007-08)
Draper, Janet and Clark, Elizabeth
Nurse Education Today, 27(6) (pp. 515-517)
Impact of continuing professional education on practice: The rhetoric and the reality (2007-08)
Draper, Janet and Clark, Liz
Nurse Education Today, 27(6) (pp. 515-517)
Nurse Education: time to get it right (2006-09)
Draper, Janet
Journal of Clinical Nursing, 15(9) (pp. 1069-1070)
NHS cadet schemes: do they widen access to professional healthcare education? (2005-02)
Watson, Roger; Norman, Ian J.; Draper, Janet; Jowett, Sandra; Wilson-Barnett, Jenifer; Normand, Charles and Halliday, Deborah
Journal of Advanced Nursing, 49(3) (pp. 276-282)
Beyond the Womb and the Tomb: Identity, (Dis)embodiment and the Life Course (2005)
Jenny, Hockey and Draper, Janet
Body & Society, 11(2) (pp. 41-57)
NHS cadet schemes: student experience, commitment, job satisfaction and job stress (2004-04)
Draper, Janet; Halliday, Debbie; Jowett, Sandra; Norman, Ian; Watson, Roger; Wilson-Bennett, Jenifer; Normand, Charles and O'Brien, Kieran
Nurse Education Today, 24(3) (pp. 219-228)
Response to Watson's editorial 'Scientific methods are the only credible way forward for nurshing research' (2003-12)
Draper, Janet
Journal of Advanced Nursing, 44(5) (pp. 546-547)
Men's passage to fatherhood: an analysis of the contemporary relevance of transition theory (2003-03)
Draper, Janet
Nursing Inquiry, 10(1) (pp. 66-78)
Blurring, moving and broken boundaries: Men's encounters with the pregnant body (2003)
Draper, Janet
Sociology of Health & Illness, 25(7) (pp. 743-767)
'It was a real good show': the ultrasound scan, fathers and the power of visual knowledge (2002-11)
Draper, Janet
Sociology of Health & Illness, 24(6) (pp. 771-795)
Cadets and nursing students: same destination - different route (2002)
Draper, Janet and Watson, Roger
Journal of Advanced Nursing, 40(4) (pp. 449-456)
'It's the first scientific evidence': Men's experience of pregnancy confirmation - some findings from a longitudinal ethnographic study of transition to fatherhood (2002)
Draper, Jan
Journal of Advanced Nursing, 39(6) (pp. 563-570)
A longitudinal ethnographic study of men's experiences of pregnany, birth and early fatherhood (1999)
Draper, Janet
Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 16(4) (p 226)
Whose welfare in the labour room? A discussion of the increasing trend of fathers' birth attendance (1997-09)
Draper, Janet
Midwifery, 13(3) (pp. 132-138)
A discussion of some of the literature relating to history, repair and consequences of perineal trauma (1996-09)
Draper, Janet and Newell, Robert
Midwifery, 12(3) (pp. 140-145)
Nursing development units: an opportunity for evaluation (1996)
Draper, Janet
Journal of Advanced Nursing, 23(2) (pp. 267-271)
An investigation into the application and maintenance of Hamilton Russell traction on three orthopaedic wards (1996)
Draper, Janet and Scott, Fiona
Journal of Advanced Nursing, 23(3) (pp. 536-541)
Writing a conference abstract and paper (2012-09)
Draper, Janet
In: Watson, Roger and Holland , Lesley eds. Writing For Publication In Nursing And Healthcare: Getting It Right (pp. 23-41)
ISBN : 978-0-470-65782-9 | Publisher : John Wiley | Published : Chichester
The relationship between research question and research design (2004)
Draper, Janet
In: Crookes, Patrick A. and Davies, Sue eds. Research into Practice: Essential Skills for Reading and Applying Research in Nursing and Health Care (pp. 69-84)
ISBN : 702026867 | Publisher : Bailliere Tindall | Published : Edinburgh
Fatherhood as transition: The contemporary relevance of transition theory (2002)
Draper, Janet
In: Horrocks, C.; Milnes, K.; Roberts, B. and Robinson, D. eds. Narrative, memory and life transitions. Narrative and memory research group (pp. 85-94)
ISBN : 1862180334 | Publisher : University of Huddersfield Press | Published : Huddersfield, UK
The role of the hospice volunteer in community settings (2014-02-06)
Draper, Janet; Kernohan, George; McNamara, Aine and Komaromy, Carol
In : Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (9 February 2014, Northern Ireland Assembly, Stormont, Belfast)
Continuing professional education: optimising impact on healthcare practice (2013-10-09)
Draper, Jan and Clark, Liz
In : 16th Australasian Nurse Educators Conference (9-11 October 2013, Wellington, New Zealand)
Widening participation in pre-registration education in the United Kingdom - alumni and employer accounts of a unique part-time supported open learning route (2013-09-04)
Draper, Janet; Beretta, Ruth; Kenward, Linda; McDonagh, Lin; Messenger, Julie and Rounce, Jill
In : 24th International Networking Education in Healthcare Conference (3-5 September 2013, Cambridge)
Enhancing the impact of continuing professional education on practice: whose responsibility is it? (2012-10)
Clark, Elisabeth and Draper, Jan
In : ISSOTL12 (International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning): Research on Teaching & Learning: Integrating Practices (24-27 October 2012, Hamilton, ON, Canada)
Whose role is it anyway? maximising the impact of continuing professional development on practice (2011-09-07)
Clark, Elisabeth and Draper, Jan
In : Networking for Education in Healthcare Conference (6-8 September, 2011, Cambridge, UK)
Recognising the potential: maximising meaningful learning in practice settings (2010-09-08)
Messenger, Julie; Waights, Verina; McDonagh, Lin; Kenward, Linda; Bottoms, Rosemary; Draper, Janet; Counihan, Sheila and Holland, Lesley
In : Networking in healthcare education (7-9 September 2010, Cambridge, UK) (p 156)
Working at the coal face: The contribution of Programme Tutors in supporting practice-based learning in nursing (2010-09)
McDonagh, Lin; Draper, Jan; Davies, Gillian; Mowbray, Wendy and Gallagher, Donna
In : Nurse Education Today Conference (07-09 September 2010, Cambridge)
Crossing the threshold: students' experiences of the transition from student to staff nurse (2009-09-08)
Draper, Janet; Sparrow, Shelagh and Gallagher, Donna
In : Nurse Education Today Conference (8-10 Sep 2009, University of Cambridge)
The Impact on Practice project (2009-03-11)
Draper, Janet and Clark, Elisabeth
In : Higher Education Academic Festival of LEarning (11 March 2009, University of Wolverhampton, UK)
Maximising the impact of continuing professional education on practice (2009)
Sparrow, Shelagh; Draper, Janet and Clark, Elisabeth
In : Building and Promoting Excellence in Practice Conference First International Conference (2 April 2009, National University of Ireland, Galway)
Maximising the impact of continuing professional education on practice (2009)
Clark, Elisabeth and Draper, Janet
In : New Types of Worker in Health and Social Care conference: First International Research Conference (22-23 January 2009, London)
The impact on practice (ImP) project: A project to develop a framework to evaluate the impact of continuing professional education on practice (2008)
Clark, Elisabeth; Draper, Janet and Sparrow, Shelagh
In : 19th Annual International Nurse Education Tomorrow conference (2-4 September 2008, Cambridge University)
Evaluating the impact of healthcare education: Approaches and challenges (2007)
Clark, E.; Draper, J. and Attree, M.
In : RCN International Nursing Research Conference (1-4 May 2007, Dundee, Scotland)
Evaluating the impact of healthcare education: the challenges and a way forward (2007)
Clark, E.; Draper, J. and Attree, M.
In : RCN International Nursing Research Conference (1-4 May 2007, Dundee, Scotland)
The impact of continuing professional education on professional practice: A call for urgent action (2006)
Clark, Elisabeth and Draper, Janet
In : 1st NETNEP International Nurse Education Conference (May 2006, Vancouver)