Biography

Nicky started her career in Critical Care at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust on a general Intensive Care unit, during which she completed her post registration Intensive Care course for adults, BSc (HONS) Nursing Studies and Post Graduate Diploma in Education. During this time having specialist interest in obstetrics and paediatrics Nicky completed her shortened course in Intensive Care for Children.

Moving into higher education in 2008, Nicky has developed the post registration programmes in Critical Care, and Advanced Critical Care Practitioner for Adult Nurses, and acute care for midwives.
Remaining passionate about critical care education Nicky works with the Critical Care National Nurse Leads (CC3N) developing the National Standards for Adult Critical Care Education and the associated clinical competencies Step 1,2,3,4 and bespoke competencies relating to cardiac and obstetrics.

Nicky’s affiliation with the undergraduate programmes includes module and year lead for the BSc, and MSc Nursing programmes and Award Lead for Keele’s first apprenticeship, FDSc Nursing Associate, in 2018. She was also the first Student Experience and Retention lead in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. In 2020, continuing with apprenticeship development, Nicky was part of the national trailblazer group for the Enhanced Clinical Practitioner standard and has since developed the Enhanced Clinical Practitioner BSc and Post Graduate Diploma for a wide range of healthcare practitioners commencing September 2022, one of the first HEI’s to deliver this standard.

Nicky is a Senior Fellow with the Higher Education Academy. In 2022, following a rigorous internal process, Nicky was promoted to Senior Lecturer.

Nicky’s research and publications focus on Moral Distress, the critical care work environment, and curriculum design. She is currently undertaking her Doctorate in Education with a focus on Critical Care nurses’ longevity in clinical practice.

Selected Publications

  • Witton N, Goldsworthy S, Phillips LA. 2022. Moral distress does this impact on intent to stay among adult critical care nurses?. Nurs Crit Care. link> doi>
  • Wilson K, Witton N, Leon-Viliapalos C. 2021. SHAPING THE FUTURE CRITICAL CARE WORKFORCE - INTEGRATING THE NURSING ASSOCIATE ROLE IN CRITICAL CARE NURSING BY USING NATIONAL COMPETENCY BASED APPROACH. Nursing in Critical Care (pp. 22-23, vol. 26). Wiley. link> doi> link>
  • Goldsworthy S, Alexandrov A, Bloomer M, Brooks L, Georgiou E, Witton N. 2021. World Federation of Critical Care Nursing 2020 Position Statement: Provision of Critical Care Nurse Education,. CONNECT Journal.
  • Goldsworthy S, Alexandrov A, Bloomer M, Brooks L, Georgiou E, Witton N. 2021. World Federation of Critical Care Nursing 2020 Position Statement: Provision of Critical Care Nurse Education,. CONNECT Journal.
  • Kable AK, Levett-Jones TL, Arthur C, Reid-Searl K, Humphreys M, Morris S, Walsh P, Witton NJ. 2018. A cross-national study to objectively evaluate the quality of diverse simulation approaches for undergraduate nursing students. Nurse Educ Pract, 248-256, vol. 28. link> doi> full text>

Full Publications Listshow

Journal Articles

  • Witton N, Goldsworthy S, Phillips LA. 2022. Moral distress does this impact on intent to stay among adult critical care nurses?. Nurs Crit Care. link> doi>
  • Goldsworthy S, Alexandrov A, Bloomer M, Brooks L, Georgiou E, Witton N. 2021. World Federation of Critical Care Nursing 2020 Position Statement: Provision of Critical Care Nurse Education,. CONNECT Journal.
  • Goldsworthy S, Alexandrov A, Bloomer M, Brooks L, Georgiou E, Witton N. 2021. World Federation of Critical Care Nursing 2020 Position Statement: Provision of Critical Care Nurse Education,. CONNECT Journal.
  • Kable AK, Levett-Jones TL, Arthur C, Reid-Searl K, Humphreys M, Morris S, Walsh P, Witton NJ. 2018. A cross-national study to objectively evaluate the quality of diverse simulation approaches for undergraduate nursing students. Nurse Educ Pract, 248-256, vol. 28. link> doi> full text>
  • Deacon KS, Baldwin A, Donnelly KA, Freeman P, Himsworth AP, Kinoulty SM, Kynaston M, Platten J, Price AM, Rumsby N, Witton N. 2017. The National Competency Framework for Registered Nurses in Adult Critical Care: An overview. Journal of Intensive Care Medicine, 149-156, vol. 18(2). link> doi> link>

Other

  • Wilson K, Witton N, Leon-Viliapalos C. 2021. SHAPING THE FUTURE CRITICAL CARE WORKFORCE - INTEGRATING THE NURSING ASSOCIATE ROLE IN CRITICAL CARE NURSING BY USING NATIONAL COMPETENCY BASED APPROACH. Nursing in Critical Care (pp. 22-23, vol. 26). Wiley. link> doi> link>

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