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Research Profile

  • Jacquie is a non-traditional applicant to Higher Education, in that she undertook her first degree following a successful career in adult nursing, predominantly in Emergency & Critical Care environments, graduating with 2:1 in BA (Hons) Health at Liverpool John Moores University. This was followed by a part-time MA Women’s Studies undertaken at the University of Northampton. This continued exposure to university life with all its possibilities stimulated a career change for Jacquie, from clinical to academic nursing, with the view to enable others to develop in their learning.

    She joined the University of Northampton in 2002 as a member of the Nursing field within the School of Health. She is a core member of the emerging team using a model of positive psychology known as ‘Being Brilliant’, encouraging leaners to question themselves and others to ask, “why be an ordinary nurse when you can be a brilliant nurse?” (Art of Brilliance, 2015)

    Art of Brilliance (2015) What is the art of brilliance. Art of Brilliance [online]. Available from: [Accessed: 09.11.15].

    • Admissions Tutor: BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing (bi-annual intakes)
    • Module leading on: Bsc (Hons) Nursing, NPR2056 Applied Research in Public Health (bi-annual); and MSc Nursing, NURM022 The Art of Nursing.
    • Teaching on: BSc (Hons) Nursing, NPR1015 Personal and Professional Self; NPR4003 Practice Improvement Project (Dissertation) (both bi-annual).
  • Jacquie’s main area of research interest is around the construction of professional identity in adult nursing students. She is currently undertaking a part-time doctorate investigating how this maybe understood using constructivist grounded theory.

    Jacquie also supervises students undertaking dissertation modules at Bachelor and Masters levels with a nursing theme.

    Jacquie is also interested in service improvement, nursing as artistry, and critical resilience, and would be pleased to receive contact on these subjects.

  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Jacquie Ridge’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.