Professor of Nursing
Dr David Sharp commenced his nursing career in 1978 and moved into the field of nursing education in 1988. He has worked primarily as a psychiatric nurse specializing in forensic psychiatric nursing and care of the elderly. Currently he teaches mental health, nursing research, communication and NCLEX preparation. Having worked in nursing education since 1988 he has developed and led a range of nursing courses at baccalaureate and graduate level, including distance learning and part-time degree courses in innovative areas such as Community Psychiatric Nursing and Forensic Psychiatric Nursing. Through his work as a nurse educator David has traveled around the world. He has coordinated a European network for nursing education, hosted European nursing conferences, carried out study visits throughout Europe, and has presented papers in the U.K., the U.S.A., Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Turkey and China. He regularly carries out consultancy work in mental health care issues in a charitable hospice in Scotland and has published journal articles and book chapters in the field of nursing education as well as mental health nursing and he regularly presents at national and international conferences. He has recently worked with the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) on strategies related to engagement with clients and he is co-chair of the APNA Committee on Undergraduate Education leading conference sessions and various projects promoting effective teaching in undergraduate psychiatric nursing education. In his spare time he enjoys skiing, hiking, climbing, playing chess and acting.