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Department of Adult Nursing

About the Department

Preserving our heritage is key, but moving our thinking forward is vital.

We want to create modern Nightingales – nurses that are thinkers and doers, problem solvers and excellent carers, researchers and clinical leaders.

By making our past relevant to the 21st century, we’re inspiring a new generation of nurses and using innovative thinking to overcome challenges in healthcare.


From diabetes to patient experience, we’re leading the way in a range of research areas. We always share our latest findings in the lecture theatre to help students learn how evidence and practice work hand in hand. King’s College London graduates are more than nurses. They’re leaders in practice, research and policy making. Many of our graduates return to King’s to specialise and become experts in their field.    

Building a diverse team  

With a team of around 100 staff, the Adult Nursing Department is the largest in the Faculty. We have a diverse team of clinical teachers, tutors, lecturers, senior lecturers, readers and professors. Our staff specialise in a whole host of areas – from accident and emergency to care for people in their own home. Their varied experiences give students a unique insight into the day-to-day challenges of nursing. Although many staff have decades of experience, we also have more recently qualified nurses in the Department too. They bring fresh ideas, challenge our thinking and help us move forward.  

The thing about King’s is once you join us you don’t want to leave. Our courses prepare students to become excellent nurses, but many come back as teachers or researchers

Lorraine Robinson, Head of Department

Developing curious and compassionate nurses  

We offer two routes to registration, professional development modules, masters degrees and research degree programmes. Our courses give nurses the chance delve into in different clinical areas such as nursing in intensive care, the social and political context of nursing, and palliative care. Alongside placements in our partner trusts, we give students the opportunity to complete a research elective. This involves working with the team on a research project – some students even get their name on publications.  

Being a King’s nurse is held in high regard. Ward staff always know when you’re a King’s student and they always comment on how committed we are to learning and how we always get stuck into patient care and the patient experience.

Michael, BSc Adult Nursing student


Uncovering solutions for healthcare  

At King’s we’re relentlessly searching for ways to improve the health of individuals, families and communities. Our researchers specialise in an array of areas including diabetes, cancer care, workforce and quality, patient experience, and more.  

Our recent research areas include: 

  • Patient experience and service co-design caring for elderly and frail patients 
  • Tissue viability and protecting our skin
  • Understanding how patients manage distressing conditions  
  • Scope of public health nursing to promote good health 
  • The history of nursing 

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