Ms Irene Murray
I developed my career as a Registered General Nurse specializing in gastro-enterology at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh where I worked full time. I then undertook midwifery training at the British Hospital for Mother and Babies in Woolwich, SE London, where I then worked as a Staff Midwife. From that post I went to Israel to work in a mission hospital in Nazareth run by the Edinburgh Medical Missionary Society (EMMS) that serves a large Arab-Israeli population. The plan was to go for 2 years but I remained there for 18 years. During that time I completed my Midwife Tutor’s Diploma at Jordanhill FE College in Glasgow and returned to Nazareth equipped to teach nursing and midwifery. The role over the years (and through the Gulf War) was varied and challenging, combining clinical midwifery with midwifery management, and teaching on both midwifery and nursing programmes.
I maintained my UK midwifery registration throughout my time abroad by undertaking Midwifery Refresher/Return to Practice courses, and on finally leaving Nazareth undertook a one year full time ‘top-up’ BSc (Hons) Midwifery programme at the University of the West of England. On completion of the degree I worked as a Research Midwife on the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), also known as ‘Children of the 90’s’ (see details at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/alspac/ ), a world-leading birth cohort study conducted in Bristol. Following this I secured a post in Inverness as a Lecturer on the Midwifery programme at the College of Nursing and Midwifery (which became the University of Stirling during the same year).
From 1996 until 2013 I was part of the small midwifery team on the Highland Campus of the University of Stirling and responsible for all aspects of the full time Midwifery Diploma in Higher Education. In 2008 that programme developed into the full time BSc Midwifery programme. This involved curriculum development, teaching, assessing, planning and audit of clinical placements, mentorship updates and supervision of practice learning experience. In 2013 the Midwifery programme was terminated due to changes in the provision of midwifery education in Scotland. Since then I have taken a sideways step from midwifery into nursing and, following a Return to Practice (RTP) programme in 2013 have taken part in all aspects of the BSc Nursing programme including module coordination of a 3rd year Module, and coordination of international exchange placements in Austria and Israel.
I have edited and latterly co-edited a chapter in the last three editions of Myles textbook for midwives, the most recent edition being as follows:
Murray,I. and Hassall, J. (2014) Change and adaptation in pregnancy. In: J, Marshall, and M, Raynor, (eds), Myles textbook for midwives, 16th edition, .Edinburgh, Elsevier Ch.9. Available: https://www.elsevier.com/books/myles-textbook-for-midwives/marshall/978-0-7020-5145-6. [Accessed 19/01/18]
- BSc (Hons) Midwifery
Membership of Professional Organisations:
- Royal College of Midwives
- University and College Union
I facilitate, teach and assess a variety of clinical and academic skills across a number of subject areas, in the Adult field of the BSc Nursing programme.
I am Module Coordinator for SHSU13A Managing Complexity in Nursing Practice 2, a new module which was introduced in September 2016.
Student Experience Activities
I am the Highland Coordinator for International Elective Placements shared with the University of Stirling’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport. This role involves collaborating with colleagues in the recruitment and selection of 3rd year students across three campuses for two of the three placement opportunities currently available. These are Paracelsus University, Salzburg, Austria, and the School of Nursing at the Nazareth Hospital, Israel. I liaise with the elective coordinators on both sites for incoming and outgoing students, arrange and supervise placement experience on both sites and accompany the group of students going to Nazareth. This includes cultural and language preparation before departure, day to day support while in Nazareth, tourist activities within Israel and evaluation of the experiences. Parallel provision is made for the Israeli and Austrian students on their in-coming elective visits to Inverness.
In 2016 I revalidated with the NMC on two Registers thus maintaining my registration as a Registered Nurse and a Registered Midwife. Scholarly activity included within the revalidation involved working with midwives in the Nazareth Hospital in an unofficial supporting / consultancy capacity.
Teaching and Learning
- Midwifery / maternity nursing
- International exchange visits