Donna Havens Reflects on Colloboration With King’s College London

Professor Donna Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been profiled by UNC Global about her experience as a visiting professor at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College London. The story describes Dr. Haven’s time abroad as well as her role in strengthening the collaboration between King’s and the SON.

Dr. Havens received Carrington Leave, a period of leave supported by the Carrington Fund, to accept the opportunity to teach at a school with tremendous historical significance for nurses. The school descends from the first professional nursing school established by Florence Nightingale in 1860. Dr. Havens found the traditions and history of the school inspiring, especially when she was invited to participate in a service to commemorate the life and work of Ms. Nightingale.

The innovative research conducted at King’s also presented Dr. Havens with opportunities to form collaborations and share her expertise on the quality of nursing practice and nursing care within hospitals. She connected with Jill Maben, PhD, MSc, the director of the National Nursing Research Unit, to learn how London researchers are investigating quality of care within the U.K. health care system.

Another highlight from Dr. Haven’s time in London was delivering the keynote address at the inaugural King’s Health Partners Nursing and Midwifery Conference in May 2013. Researchers and health professionals from King’s Health Partner hospitals were in attendance, which gave Dr. Haven’s a chance to share her research with nursing leaders from all across the U.K.

Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor Kristen M. Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN, and associate dean Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, have also been involved in expanding the relationship with King’s. Dean Swanson visited King’s in July to deliver the keynote address at a conference and discuss future collaborations with Head of School Helen McCutcheon, RGN, RM. Potential projects include staff and student exchanges, visiting appointments, and joint research, among other possibilities.

“Experience at King’s will open the eyes of Carolina students and faculty to a larger worldview. London is one of the most international cities in the world, so nurses there work with a wide variety of cultures, which in turn influences leadership, education and practice approaches,” says Havens. Her experience at King’s College, she says, is shaping her practice, as well as the comparative nursing lessons she’ll share with students in the classroom.

You can read more about Dr. Haven’s experience at King’s over at the UNC Global website.