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60 seconds with senior nursing lecturer Iwan Dowie

‘It is easy to be judgmental but life is complex, so it is important to listen to others. Don't be afraid to say you are wrong,’ says senior nursing lecturer Iwan Dowie

‘It is easy to be judgmental but life is complex, so it is important to listen to others. Don't be afraid to say you are wrong,’ says senior nursing lecturer Iwan Dowie


Iwan Dowie says his advice to his younger self would have been to seek help,
and get on with the job.

Iwan Dowie trained as an adult nurse at the University of Greenwich, qualifying in 1996. He specialised in medical assessment and district nursing before completing a law degree in 2001 and entering nurse education as a practice facilitator. In 2005 he took up his current post as a senior lecturer at the University of South Wales, where he teaches across the nursing curriculum with a focus on law, ethics and professional practice. He is also a registrant panellist for the Nursing and Midwifery Council, where is involved in fitness to practise cases.

What are your main work responsibilities?

Teaching law and ethics to pre- and post-registration nursing students. I am also the deputy course leader for the pre-registration course.

How did you get your job?

I was a practice facilitator supporting mentors in practice, and education seemed the next logical step, so I applied for a senior lecturer post at my local university.

Who are your clients/patients?

My students, who also keep me up-to-date with changes in clinical practice.

What do you love about your job?

I enjoy the enthusiasm the students have for nursing, and how they want to change practice.

What do you find most difficult?

Remaining diplomatic. Lecturers are opinionated by nature, but confronting an argument with an argument can sometimes be tiresome.

What is your top priority at work?

Getting the students’ work marked on time. If it’s late they soon become annoyed.

What has been your most formative career experience?

Working in a nursing home when unemployed. Without that experience, I would never have considered nursing as a career.

If you hadn’t become a nurse, what would you have done instead?

I would have liked to be a cartographer – I love maps, and I like drawing maps.

What will be your next career move?

Continuing to develop my subject expertise – I have a few projects I am working on. Nursing presents lots of opportunities, but you have to grasp them.

What is the best lesson nursing has taught you?

It’s easy to be judgemental, but life is complex so it is important to listen to others. Don’t be afraid to admit you are wrong.

What career advice would you give your younger self?

Don’t panic, seek help, and get on with the job. Moaning just delays the inevitable.

 

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