Editor Name: Elizabeth Ann Mason
Designation: Deputy Head
University: Bangor University North Wales
Elizabeth qualified as a registered nurse, adult field in 1999 and practiced in the surgical area of maxillofacial / ENT and followed by the post-operative / care unitand particularly enjoyed the critical aspect of post-surgical care. Having recognised the desire to have a deeper impact on the quality of patient care through pre-registration nurse education, she accepted a lectureship at Bangor University. Elizabeth has actively contributed to the education of student nurse and other health professionals for the past 13 years, most recently as Deputy Head for Teaching and Learning.
With a passion for the legal and ethical aspects of health care and undertook a Masters’ degree in law and ethics followed by a Doctorate in Nursing Science. Whilst all aspects of ethics have their own fascination, the key curiosity for Elizabeth is that of the accountability of healthcare practitioners and how they engage with the legal and ethical aspects of decision making. Elizabeth completed an ethnography study which explored registered nurses understanding of accountability within the context of healthcare organisations. Whilst maintaining teaching expertise in the legal and ethical dimensions of care, current leadership activities include curriculum development for pre-registration and post-registration, value based selection process for pre-registration programmes and the quality assurance of educational programmes.