About:The aim throughout my career has been to achieve excellence in all aspects of my work and thus contribute to the development of nursing practice, research and education, patient care and nursing knowledge. As can be seen from the following, this contribution has received international recognition, particularly in the fields of clinical nursing practice and research, the integration of the arts into practice and a Buddhist approach to mindfulness in education and in my educational activities.
As my more recent publications show, I am particularly interested in specific aspects of education issues relating to the domination of western forms of knowing over that of indigenous knowledge. I am passionately committed to improving the level of teaching that is given to nurses in Asia from the stance of using local wisdom and culture as core elements to any curriculum design to avoid any further colonisation and to bring about a more culturally balanced nursing education.
From an arts perspective I am active in artwork design for posters and university marketing material. Computer design, which includes understanding and competence in web design, graphic art, flash and maintain the design and development of Living action research .org and other related sites. I am actively looking at visual forms of evidence such as portfolio and multimedia accounts of knowledge generation and critical thinking along side that of the dominance of textual accounts.
I have used a number of different approaches when conducting nursing research and travel extensively. I have a particularly interested in the use of narratives, living action research and heuristics, as applied to learning in the classroom and knowledge generation, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches to care in nursing. I also wish to explore how our nursing curriculum can have more relevance to the students by integrating healing and holistic research skills and TCMN (Traditional Chinese Medicine Nursing) through use of the world wide web, iPod webcasts, multimedia, and placing lessons in a virtual classroom, thus enabling some theory to be placed online, which was the method used for my PhD and later research. Core to my research interests is the generations of knowing and knowledge within cultural contexts. What and where are did the values embedded in cultural knowing come from? My particular focus is healing knowledge that is embedded in stories and folk lore. I am also able to employ experimental and quasi-experimental designs, as used in my PhD. The results of this research have been presented internationally at conferences in Thailand, Korea, United Kingdom, New Zealand, China and Japan.
Another major area of research is assessing through scientific methodology the bodies reaction the traditional Chinese based therapies such as mindfulness, massage, use of tsubo point and meridians by measuring the stressing steroids and protein levels in human saliva. I believe that science and nursing intuition can generate new forms of knowing and inform new practices.
Current research activities include developing a programme to bring women back into mainstream education through healing programmes and therapies so that they can then run their own clinical practices as volunteers in the university’s own end of life clinic. This highly successful programme gives deep insight to the undercurrents and worries that are being felt in a socially depressed area such as Tagawa City. The model lends itself to other communities with similar problems of the social empowerment of women. This idea has been successfully applied in Japan and the first cohort of students have passed through the course from Thailand ( Khon Kearn University) . A joint research programme in Health Promotion is in Progress with the objective of training community therapist in a social disadvantaged area of Thailand
The research into “How do I improve my practice” is an ongoing process where I use the evaluation of my students obtained online to modify my own practices and my curriculum to embrace the contextual needs of Japanese society and my own learning.
I am actively involved with research Tibetan medicine, Chinese traditional Medicine (TCM) and using Buddhist mindfulness in mental health care in Japan. I have travelled frequently to Tibet, China, Korea and Thailand. I am involved with developing end of life care in Thailand through a Buddhist hospice. During my working in healthcare at my university, I have continued to build and develop my own temple complex in the village of Kikuka where the building stages of our own hospice system have recently been completed.
Teaching and curriculum development activity
In addition to the Bsc/ MSc (Nursing Studies), I have a considerable additional teaching commitment across a wide range of courses. I have developed an integrated problem-based learning curriculum using critical pedagogy principles and a number of other innovations. The curriculum is widely recognised throughout the UK and internationally, and as a result we regularly receive visitors (most recently from Thailand, United Kingdom, USA, and Australia) who come to see how the Health promotion educational programme works.
I am currently revising the curriculum in order to build upon and extend these earlier innovations. I have presented my work through International conference papers and published a number of papers on peer reviewed academic databases and in refereed journals.
As part of the Community Health Promotion Educational Programme I am running I year evening classes in the following practical and theoretical subjects.
1. Basic energy healing and touch. Practical hands on work using Kikou or life force 2. Basic massage. Full body work learning the practical application of soft touch in therapeutic massage. Holistic touch 3. Level one theory: Anatomy and Physiology, portfolio building reflective journals and web testing . basic research skills. 4. Level one , advance massage and tsubo points including 6 case studies.