Edinburgh Research Explorer

Dr Sheila Rodgers

Senior Lecturer

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh
Research utilisation by nurses in general medical and surgical wards.
Master of Research, University of Manchester
Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours), Leeds Polytechnic

Professional Qualifications



I graduated in nursing from Leeds and later with a Master's degree in nursing research from Manchester and PhD from Edinburgh.  I have a broad range of clinical experience having worked as a Charge Nurse in Care of the Elderly, General Medicine and Haematology, and High Dependency Surgery before joining the University of Edinburgh. I continue my links with clinical practice through my role as Honorary Research Consultant Nurse in Critical Care with NHS Lothian. I am currently Head of Nursing Studies at Edinburgh. 


BSc (Hons), MSc (Research), PhD, RGN, ENB 6590, PGCUT

Current Research Interests

Research utilisation and evidence-based practice in the Health Services has been a long standing interest and was the subject of my doctoral work. I am particularly interested in the relationship between organisational culture (including management practices and leadership) and clinical practice and also about what impact evidence-based practice has on patient process and clinical outcomes. I was the University lead for a project on Clinical Academic Research Careers (CARC) in Critical Care which was run jointly with NHS Lothian. A core theme of the CARC project is rehabilitation following intensive care. Recent research has been looking at postoperative delirium in high dependency patients. A new study looking at Surviorship after critical care is just beginning and a further study looking at sleep and delirium for level 2 critical care patients is planned.  A further study looked at the impact of live interactive music on people living with dementia. 

I also have an interest is nursing workforce research and in particular around recruitment and retention of both students and of registered nurses. 

Research students

Daisy Varghese Ezakadan Sandeman

Identifying the incidence of Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms in patients with Delirium following Cardiac surgery and exploring this patient experience


Corrienne McCulloch

Critical care diaries: a qualitative study on the perspectives and experiences of patients, family members and nurses.


Alison Wood

Direct Patient Care in the Haemodialysis Unit


Katie McGoohan

Lothian INtraCerebral Haemorrhage Pathology, Imaging & Neurological outcome COGnition sub-study (LINCHPIN COG)


Lindy Hatfield

Comparing Registered Nurses Perceptions and Experiences of Personal and Professional Development

Julie Baggott

Resilience of nurses in paediatric critical care.


Tina Lauterbach

Parents of neonates in intensive care: experiences of blogging. 

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