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Mrs Ruth Beretta

Ruth Beretta

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Professional biography

I am a Staff Tutor working within the Faculty of Health and Social Care, based in Bristol, with responsibility for the Pre-registration Nursing programme and several modules within the Faculty of Health and Social Care. I am also a Co-Qualification Director for the Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice.

A nurse by background, my experience is of cardiothoracic, intensive care and medical nursing. I continued my career in pre-registration nurse education at De Montfort University , Leicester, the University of Malta, and Coventry University. Before joining the Open University in 2008, I worked at Cornwall College as Curriculum Manager for Health and Social Care courses and as Course Manager for a Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice, supporting Band 4 practitioners to become Assistant Practitioners.

I am a member of the module team for KYN317, Preparing for Graduate Practice, as part of the  BSc (Hons) Nursing programme in adult and mental health nursing and have a particular interest in how practice learning is managed and assessed, having led a working group on practice portfolio updating.

I also work with nursing colleagues to support the Open University alliance with the Royal College of Nursing and with UNISON. We have provided conferences and workshops for all grades of staff and aim to support continuing professional development.

Research interests

I completed a Doctorate in Social Science (Public Policy) at the University of Bristol and my dissertation was "Place promotion, place protection, and development planning"

Previous research has involved qualitative studies on the experience of first year student nurses embarking on practice and the role of the lecturer in nursing in Higher Education, which was presented at the Nurse Education Tomorrow conference at the University of Durham.

I am interested in how student nurses acquire clinical skills for use in practice and the role of mentorship.

Scholarship work with colleagues in the Pre-registration nursing programme to explore employability and career progression of OU qualified nurses which was presented at a NET conference and published in Nurse Education Today (Draper J, Beretta R, Kenward L, McDonagh L, Messenger J & Rounce J (2014) 34; 10, 1305-1310).

Current scholarship interests are in evaluating the impact of one-to-one tuition support for students in the revised K101 Introduction to Health and Social Care, and the role of examinations as an assessment strategy.

Teaching interests

My teaching interests are particularly concerned with professional and ethical issues related to practice. I also have interests in learning study skills, current affairs, politics and social research methods.

I am an External Examiner for pre-registration nursing at the Unversity of Wolverhampton and for the Masters in Medical Science in Advanced Nursing Studies at the University of Sheffield.


'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)

Approaching Learning (2013)
Beretta, Ruth
In: Brotherton, Graham and Parker, Steven eds. Your Foundation in Health and Social Care (pp. 3-38)
Publisher : Sage

Assessment: the foundation of good practice (2008)
Beretta, Ruth
In: Hinchliff, Sue; Norman, Sue and Schober, Jane eds. Nursing Practice and Healthcare: A Foundation Text (5th ed.) (pp. 290-317)
ISBN : 978-0340928882 | Publisher : Hodder Arnold | Published : London

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 Sep 2013, Cambridge)

Place promotion, place protection and development planning (2015-06)
Beretta, R
dsocsci thesis University of Bristol