Dr Terry Ferns Faculty of Education & Health

Dr Terry Ferns RN, BSc Hons, MA, EdD

Dr Terry Ferns

Dr Terry Ferns
RN, BSc Hons, MA, EdD

Senior Lecturer, Adult Nursing

Department of Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science

Faculty of Education and Health

Dr Terence Ferns is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science at the University of Greenwich.

Terry's clinical background specialises in critical care, having extensive experience working in this field in a variety of clinical and educational positions. Terry joined the university as a Senior Lecturer in 2003 and as coordinator responsible for a post-registration course (Level 6/7) Pathophysiology for Intensive Care Practice. This course is designed to equip critical care nursing practitioners with advanced knowledge, relating to altered pathophysiology underpinning common clinical conditions encountered within critical care environments. Specialist knowledge of pathophysiology also allows Terry to coordinate a pre-registration level 5/6 course that also focuses upon altered pathophysiology.

Terry also coordinates Challenging Professional Boundaries (Level 6) course, which addresses contemporary issues within nursing such as power, politics and multi-professional working. The majority of his teaching revolves around altered and normal physiology, alongside the clinical assessment and management of patients requiring acute care.

Other course lecturing areas include: Research Methodologies and Instruments; Change Management; Motivation Theory; Power Dynamics; and Leadership, Violence and Aggression in the clinical area. Terry also fulfils the role as Link tutor in partnership with local organisations.

Posts held previously:

  • 2002-03, Lecturer Practitioner, School of Health & Social Care-Acute & Continuing Care, University of Greenwich/Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • 2001-02, Staff Development Team Member, Adult Intensive Care Unit Guys and St Thomas Hospital
  • 1999–2001, Bank Nurse, Adult Intensive Care Unit, Guys and St Thomas Hospital, London
  • 1997–98, Senior Staff Nurse, Adult Intensive Care Unit, Guys and St Thomas Hospital, London
  • 1993–97, Nurse, Adult Intensive Care Unit, Guys and St Thomas Hospital, London
  • 1993, Staff Nurse, Adult Intensive Care Unit, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
  • 1992–93, Staff Nurse, Adult Intensive Care Unit, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
  • 1991–92, Staff Nurse, Adult Intensive Care Unit, Guys and St Thomas Hospital, London
  • 1991, Staff Nurse, Trauma Unit, Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury
  • 1988–91, Registered General Nurse Training (Adult), Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science
  • Course coordinator for post-registration (Level 6/7) Pathophysiology for Intensive Care Practice 
  • Course coordinator for pre-registration (Level 5/6) in Altered Pathophysiology 
  • Link tutor
  • Member of the Scientific Committee, organising the international, biannual Workplace Conference on Violence in the Health sector
  • External examiner, University of Hertfordshire.
  • Examined theses for Murdoch University, Australia
  • Member and Vice-Chair of Local NHS ethics committee for several years (previous)

Terry`s primary research interest relates to violence and aggression within the health care environment and published a number of original research articles and concept papers relating to this area. His research findings are used to support the delivery of bespoke educational packages for organisations interested in reducing workplace violence.

Journal Publications:

Ferns, T. (2012). Recording violent incidents in the emergency department. Nursing Standard, 26(28) 40-48.

Ferns, T. and Meerabeau, E. (2009). Reporting behaviours of nursing students who have experienced verbal abuse. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65(12), pp. 2678–2688.

Ferns, T. and Meerabeau, L. (2008). Verbal abuse experienced by student nurses. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 61(4), pp. 436-444.

Concept papers:

Ferns, T et al. (2010). Mean arterial blood pressure and the assessment of acutely ill patients. Nursing Standard, 25(12), pp. 40-44.

Wright, K. and Ferns, T. (2010). Simple writing skills for students, part two: researching your subject. British Journal of Nursing, 19(16), pp. 1028–1030.

Ferns, T. and West, S. (2008). The art of auscultation: evaluating a patient's respiratory pathology. British Journal of Nursing, 17(12), pp. 772-777.

Ferns, T. and Cork, A. (2008). Managing alcohol related aggression in the emergency department (Part 1). International Emergency Nursing, 16, pp. 43-47.

Cork, A. and Ferns, T. (2008). Managing alcohol related aggression in the emergency department (Part 2). International Emergency Nursing, 16, pp. 88-93.

Ferns, T. (2007). Considering theories of aggression in an emergency department context. Accident and Emergency Nursing, 15, pp. 193-200.

Ferns, T. (2007). Characteristics of people who assault nurses in clinical practice. Nursing Standard, 21(50), pp. 35-39.

Ferns, T. (2007). Respiratory Auscultation: How to use a stethoscope. Nursing Times, 103(24), pp. 29-29.

Ferns, T. (2007). Factors that influence aggressive behaviour in acute care settings. Nursing Standard, 21(33), pp. 41-45.

Book chapters:

Ferns, T. (2007). Shock and the critically ill woman. In: M. Billington, and M. Stevenson, eds., Critical Care in Childbearing for Midwives. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, (8), pp. 140-160.

Ferns, Terry (2007). Transfer and admission to the intensive treatment unit of the critically ill woman. In: M. Billington, and M. Stevenson, eds., Critical Care in Childbearing for Midwives. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, pp. 242-256

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Ferns, T., Page, S. and Goddard, W. (2012). How emergency department nursing staff conceptualise and define violence and aggression in the clinical area. In: Royal College of Nursing International Research Conference Presentation.

Ferns, T. (2012). Situational factors contributing towards violence in the emergency department. In: Third International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector-linking local initiatives with global learning. Netherlands.

Ferns, T. West, L. and Reeve, R. (2008). Workplace violence and intentions to quit; Results from a survey of London Nurses. In: International Conference on Workplace Violence in the Health Sector. Amsterdam: Netherlands.

Ferns, T. and Meerabeau, L. (2008). The reporting behaviours of student nurses who have experienced verbal abuse. In: International Conference on Workplace Violence in the Health Sector. Amsterdam: Netherlands.

Ferns, T. and Meerabeau, E. (2007). The exposure to verbal abuse of student nurses gaining placement experience. In: Royal College of Nursing International Nursing Research Conference Presentation.

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