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8th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 17-19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA

October 17 -19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA
NWC 2018

Paula Kennedy

Speaker at Nursing Conference - Paula Kennedy
Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom
Title : Who cares? We’re going on a bear hunt…: The use and impact of instillations on nurse education


Paula is a nurse by core training and Monica a systemic family psychotherapist both working in practice within different health care contexts in two different countries. They are both interested in exploring and highlighting the voices of ‘the family’ that are seldom heard beyond the realms of services themselves. These often subjugated and marginalised narratives are the focus of the ‘practice research’ they are undertaking and act as a nodal point of connection for them both. In this workshop the ‘With-ness’ that they are situated in with service users and families will be presented from an emic (insiders view). They aim to invite participants into an immersive, themed space in which some of the overarching narratives of affected family members of those experiencing mental ill health and or addiction will be symbolically deployed. We are interested in reflecting with participants on the ‘changes in perspective’ that this immersive themed space may provide to them as they go through the experience of the workshop itself.

This workshop developed out of the synergies between the working areas and research themes for their professional doctorates. Both working with a marginalised client group that have limited visibility within the research literature. Paula works with families experiencing first episode psychosis and Monica works with families with adult children living with them who are addicted to alcohol. Within this workshop they are taking you on a narrative journey – literally.

Audience Take Away:

We are interested in reflecting with participants on the ‘changes in perspective’ that this immersive themed space may provide to them as they go through the experience of the workshop itself. We are looking for the potential symmetries in practice alongside the impact of hearing stories often subjugated.

The use of immersive sensory spaces is a simulation training method deployed in many nursing schools nationally in the United Kingdom and is set to be of primary focus point of the Nursing and Midwifery Council new pre-registration education standards to be announce 17th May 2018.

  • The workshop will be taking immersion to a New Level the approach contrasts with the information centric approach. It offers multiple and possibly conflicting voices, leaving the interpretation to those listening to hear. It fuses the physical sensorial and social dimensions of ‘being there’. “To imagine the life of another is to embrace an ethical stance towards the other” (Mc Carthy 2002 p.10).
  • Embodiment: The presenters are interested in the use of embodied sound, such as conversational agents and emotional speech to communicate and illustrate ‘affect’. (Hyniewska, S., Niewiadomski, R., Mancini, M., Pelachaud, C., 2010. In: Scherer, K.R., Bänziger, T., Roesch, E.B. Eds.).
  • Learning using 4D sensory spaces is:
    • Interactive (Chee, 2007)
    • Merging of real and interactive worlds (Lindgren et al, 2013)
    • Participatory and collaborative (Rogoff, 1993)
    • Reflexive
    • Shifting perspective
    • Bringing you with us into our space: insider’s view
    • In an impactful and safe way


I am a Senior Lecturer in mental health nursing at Liverpool John Moores University and a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist. I have worked in the field of mental health nursing practice since 1991 and qualified as a family and systemic psychotherapist in 2011. My clinical practice since 2011 has been in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Specialist Eating Disorder Services and Early Intervention (Psychosis) Services, Liverpool. As a nurse educator I am passionate about working across system boundaries to develop the knowledge and skills of training health and social care professionals such as; teachers, nurses, social workers and police officers.

I commenced a professional doctorate in systemic practice in 2016 to further develop the currently limited provision of services for families who are affected by a first episode of psychosis and to impact on practice and research development in this area.