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Mr James Vinales, Ad Dip RN (adult), B.Med.Sci RN (child), MA, MSc, PhD researcher

Mr James Vinales, Ad Dip RN (adult), B.Med.Sci RN (child), MA, MSc, PhD researcher Image

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Biography

James Jude Vinales qualified as a registered nurse (Ad Diploma in Nursing – Adult) in 2000 and then completed a B.Med.Sci Nursing (registered nurse – children) in 2001, both at the University of Sheffield. James worked in England, Gibraltar and Melbourne (Australia) as a Registered Nurse before pursuing a career in higher education. In 2008 James completed his MA in Nurse Education (University of Brighton) as part of the School of Health Studies lecturing team.

James then spent 5 years as a Senior Lecturer in Nursing at Birmingham City University (formerly The University of Central England). During that time James was able to enhance his knowledge of higher education and develop his teaching skills and management of educational programmes within higher education. James was the BSc (Hons) in children’s nursing deputy programme lead at Birmingham City University until he left to return to Gibraltar in 2012.

James returned to Gibraltar in 2012 as Senior Lecturer for the School of Health Studies before being promoted to Principal Lecturer in 2015. James led the Diploma in Nursing and the BSc (Hon) Adult Nursing as well as being the module leader in Gibraltar for the Mentorship for Practice module (delivered as part of Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, at Level 6 and 7). He was also part of the team working with the QCF L3. During this time James completed his MSc Leadership and Management (Health) with Kingston University and the Royal Holloway of London.

James joined the University of Gibraltar in 2019 to become programme coordinator on the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing and Diploma in Nursing (Enrolled Nurse programme). James also leads on the Mentorship for Practice module which is delivered to school teachers / nurses who support, guide and mentor PGCE / nursing students.

James currently holds the post of Head of School (Health Sciences) at the University and is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing, Diploma in Nursing, MSc in Applied Clinical Psychology (online), MSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition (online) and the Access to Nursing.

James sits on the following Committees / Boards at the University;

  • Academic Board
  • Learning and Teaching Committee
  • Quality Enhancement Committee

James is on the writing up stage of his PhD on Mentorship, including mentors formal preparation and mentor support in healthcare practice.

Research Interests

James’ main research interest lies in student support, mentorship and preceptorship within education and healthcare settings. James is currently working on a research project about mentorship support for mentors in Gibraltar as part of his PhD at the University of Gibraltar.

Current and Previous Teaching

  • Diploma in Nursing (School of Health Studies Gibraltar via Sheffield University)
  • Diploma in Nursing (Birmingham City University)
  • Diploma in Nursing (Kingston University and St George’s University of London)
  • Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care, Child Pathway (Child lead) (Birmingham City University)
  • Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care, Adult Pathway (Birmingham City University)
  • BSc (Hons) Children’s Nursing (Birmingham City University)
  • BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing (Birmingham City University, Kingston University and St George’s University of London and School of Health Studies Gibraltar)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Adult and Child Nursing, Birmingham City University)
  • MSc Health Care Practice (Kingston University and St George’s University of London)
  • Mentorship for Practice (Kingston University and St George’s University of London)
  • BA (Hons) Child Health and Integrated practice (Birmingham City University)

Publications

  • Vinales, J.J. 2013. Evaluation of Makaton in practice by children’s nursing students. Nursing children’s and young people. 25 (3): p14-17.
  • Vinales, J, J. 2015. Mentorship part 1: the role in the learning environment. British Journal of Nursing. Vol 24(1), pp 50-53.
  • Vinales, J, J. 2015. Mentorship part 2: assessing pre-registration student nurses. British Journal of Nursing. Vol 24(3), pp 174-177
  • Vinales, J, J. 2015. Exploring failure to fail in pre-registration nursing. British Journal of Nursing. Vol 24(5), pp 284-288.
  • Vinales, J, J. 2015. The learning environment and learning styles: a guide for mentors. British Journal of Nursing. Vol 24(8), pp 454-457.
  • Vinales, J, J. 2015. The mentor as a role model and the importance of belongingness. British Journal of Nursing. Vol 24(10), pp 532-535.

Conferences

  • Gibraltar Health Authority, Conference Round table presentation. The role of the Mentor.
  • RCN Harrogate February 2012 Symposium presentation “An evaluation of the students view and experience using Makaton in Children’s Nursing”
  • RCN Harrogate February 2012 Poster presentation “An evaluation of the students view and experience using Makaton in Children’s Nursing” Highly commended poster and work by the RCN
  • Gibraltar Health Authority, Conference, October Round table presentation. Service user involvement in the assessment of pre-registration student nurses.
  • Gibraltar Health Authority, Conference, October The implementation of online platforms for mentor and mandatory updates.
  • Kingston University London and St George’s University of London, Presentation for away day. January 2018. The Gibraltar BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing and School of Health Studies (SHS) new provision.
  • Department of Education, 29th and 30th March 2023, Mentorship and the School Teacher.
  • University of Gibraltar, 15th June 2023, Research that Benefits Gibraltar, Mentorship Support for Mentors in Nursing.