Audrey Stephen (49), from Rothienorman, graduated with a PhD from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen on Tuesday, July 12.
For her PhD, Audrey, whose background is in general adult nursing, studied bereavement care for older people in healthcare services. She carried out an interview study with staff in hospital wards, general practice and community nursing, and care homes as well as with bereaved older people. Analysis of collected data led to development of guidelines for staff to use to inform their practice. Funding was provided by The Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government through a Research Training Fellowship award.
The Fellowship also allowed Audrey to develop her knowledge and skills through a self-directed training programme in research methods and she now hopes to develop her career as a researcher in the Institute for Health and Welfare Research at RGU.
Audrey graduated alongside two of her fellow research students Andrew McKie (53) and Jerry Ninnoni (35), the first time in several years there have been a group of students graduating together with doctorates.