Professor Roger Watson

Professor Roger Watson

Professor of Nursing

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Department of Nursing


  • BSc (University of Edinburgh)
  • PhD (University of Sheffield)


Roger Watson is a graduate of The University of Edinburgh with a PhD in biochemistry from The University of Sheffield who qualified in nursing at St George’s Hospital, London. Working in care of older people, he has a special interest in the feeding and nutritional problems of older people with dementia. He was Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Advanced Nursing and Editor of Nursing Open and is now Editor-in-Chief of Nurse Education in Practice. A frequent visitor to the Far East, Middle East and Australia, he has honorary and visiting positions in China, Australia, Saudi Arabia and Europe. He is Professor of Nursing, University of Hull, UK and was a member of the UK 2014 Research Excellence Framework sub-panel for Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy. In 2017 he was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.


Anatomy & physiology

Quantitative research methods

Biological aspects of ageing

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

An international e-Delphi study to identify core competencies for Italian cardiac nurses

Bagnasco, A., Barisone, M., Aleo, G., Watson, R., Catania, G., Zanini, M., …Sasso, L. (in press). An international e-Delphi study to identify core competencies for Italian cardiac nurses. European journal of cardiovascular nursing : journal of the Working Group on Cardiovascular Nursing of the European Society of Cardiology,

A change of Editor in Chief: Reflections and looking ahead

Watson, R., & Jackson, D. (2021). A change of Editor in Chief: Reflections and looking ahead. Journal of advanced nursing, 1-2.

JAN: Advancing the science and practice of nursing

Watson, R. (in press). JAN: Advancing the science and practice of nursing. Journal of advanced nursing,

Approaches used to enhance transition and retention for newly qualified nurses (NQNs): a rapid evidence assessment

Watson, R., Wray, J., Gibson, H., & Barrett, D. (in press). Approaches used to enhance transition and retention for newly qualified nurses (NQNs): a rapid evidence assessment. Nurse education today,

Spousal violence: a Mokken scaling analysis of attitudes of South Asian men and women

Ali, P., & Watson, R. (in press). Spousal violence: a Mokken scaling analysis of attitudes of South Asian men and women. Violence and Victims, 35(5), 656-673.

Research interests

Mealtime difficulty in older people with dementia

Nursing workforce


Item Response Theory







Supporting Transition and Retention of newly registered nurses


Burdett Trust for Nursing




5 June 2017



Postgraduate supervision

Graeme Smith PhD (1997) Counselling in inflammatory bowel disease (University of Edinburgh) (NHS funded)

Elaine Haycock-Stuart PhD (1999) Sense and Susceptibility: How mothers view accidental injury risk and develop safety strategies for pre-school children (second supervisor; University of Edinburgh) (NHS funded)

Ros Derham MPhil (2001) Pain management for elderly patients following hip fracture (University of Edinburgh) (NHS funded)

Katrina Banningan PhD (2003) Evidence-based practice in occupational therapy (University of Hull) (NHS funded)

Prathana Langkarpint PhD (2005) The development of advanced practice nursing in Thailand: passage and process (University of Hull) (Funded by Payap University, Thailand)

Hayley Dugdall MPhil (2005) An investigation of qualified nurses’ attitudes surrounding the use of evidence when selecting wound care procedures (University of Hull) (NHS funded)

Mohammed Ali Alghamdi PhD (2007) Knowledge, attitude and practice of hospital of senior and middle management towards health care quality programmes in Eastern

Saudi Arabia (University of Hull) (Saudi Arabian government funded)

Wendy Barker PhD (2008) Enhancing independence and the quality of life of older people through intermediate care - a mixed methods evaluation

Cristina Oroviogoicoechea PhD (2008) A realistic evaluation of the impact of a computerised information system on clinical practice: the nurses’ perspective (University of Sheffield) (Funded by Clinica Universitaria de Navarra, Spain)

Clare Whitfield PhD (2009) Moving home: an exploration into the experiences of older people returning home from hospital (University of Hull) (self-funded)

Silvia Corchón PhD (2009) The development, implementation and evaluation of a strategy to enhance nursing research in clinical nursing: a realistic evaluation study (University of Sheffield) (Funded by Clinica Universitaria de Navarra, Spain)

Samantha Debbage PhD (2009) Do integrated care pathways improve patient outcome? (University of Sheffield) (NHS and self-funding)

Ana Carvajal PhD (2010) A Spanish version of the Edmundson Symptom Assessment Scale: translation, cultural adaptation and validation studies in advanced cancer patients (University of Sheffield) (University of Navarra funded)

Samira Al Senany PhD (2010) An exploration of the attitudes, knowledge, willingness and future intentions to work with older people among Saudi nursing students in baccalaureate nursing schools in Saudi Arabia (University of Sheffield) (Saudi government funded)

Azam Torabi PhD (2011) The development and course of heart failure after a myocardial infarction (University of Hull) (NHS funded)

Mahmoud Taher Al Kalaldeh PhD (2011) Enteral nutrition in the critically ill. A mixed methods study of adherence to evidence-based protocols, nursing responsibility and teamwork (University of Sheffield) (Funded by Jordanian Government)

Wafaa Al-Johani PhD (2012) The effects of teaching strategies on Saudi nursing students’ critical thinking and academic performance: PBL versus traditional teaching (University of Sheffield) (King Abdullah Scholarship Programme funded)

Rana Al-Awamleh PhD (2012) Pressure ulcer prevalence in critically ill patients: a descriptive study of the impact of nursing care and hospitals’ facilities on pressure sore prevalence in Jordanian intensive care units (University of Sheffield) (Funded by Jordanian Government)

Mansour Alyami PhD (2013) Leadership style and organizational commitment among nursing staff in Saudi Arabia (University of Sheffield) (Funded by Saudi Ministry of Health)

Yanhua Chen PhD (2015) Developing and validating a scale to study mentors' behaviour in nursing education (University of Hull) (Funded by Luzhou Hospital, China)

Tzu-Pei Yeh PhD (2015) The Relationship between Personality and Job Stress, Burnout, Satisfaction and Resilience in Taiwanese Cancer Nurses (Self-funded)

Alvisa Palese PhD (2019) Maintaining self-feeding independence in residents with cognitive decline living in nursing homes: findings from a mixed-method multicentre study design (Self-funded)

Clare O’Connor PhD (2020) School-based mental health promotion: provision, perceptions and future requirements (Self-funded)

Xiaolei Zhao PhD (2020) Development and Feasibility Testing of a Webpage-Based Diabetes Education in Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus in China (Funded by Southwest China University Hospital, China)

Salma Abdul Rehman PhD (2020) Developing and testing a brief intervention for feeding difficulty in older adults with dementia (Funded by University of Hull PhD Scholarship)

Kampanart Chaychoowong PhD (2020) The duration and influencing factors of patient delay among pulmonary tuberculosis patients in a high burden area, Thailand (Thai government scholarship)

Honorary position

Visiting Professor, Shaqra University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

2021 - 2022

Shaqra University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Adjunct Professor, NUI Galway, Ireland

2020 - 2023

NUI Galway, Ireland

External Assessor, Universiti Putra, Malaysia

2019 - 2021

Adjunct Professor, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

2019 - 2021

Visiting Professor, University of Hong Kong

2019 - 2020

Honorary Visiting Professor, University of Maribor, Slovenia


Visiting Professor, 2nd Hospital of Shandong University, China

2018 - 2021

Visiting Professor, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

2017 - 2020

Visiting Professor, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

2016 - 2019

Visiting Professor, University of Navarra, Spain


Academic Expert, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2015 - 2016

Visiting Professor, Affiliated Hospital of Southwestern Medical University, Luzhou, China


Conjoint Professor, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia


Adjunct Professor of Nursing, Western Sydney University, Australia

2014 - 2019

Docenti, School of Nursing, University of Genova, Italy


Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore

2012 - 2014

Honorary Professor, The University of Queensland, Australia

2010 - 2011

Honorary Professor, The University of Stirling


Visiting Professor of Nursing, Tzu-Chi Technical College, Hualien, Taiwan


Honorary Professor of Nursing, Sheffield Hospital Teaching Foundation NHS Trust

2007 - 2017

Honorary Professor of Nursing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

2006 - 2014

Honorary Professor of Nursing, Hull & East Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust


Journal editorial role

Nurse Education in Practice

2021 - 2026

WikiJournal of Medicine


Nursing Open

2014 - 2021

Journal of Advanced Nursing

2012 - 2021

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Member of the Academia Europaea


Honorary Fellow, University of Genoa Honour Nursing Society


Fellow of the National Conference of University Professors


International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Sigma Theta Tau International


Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh


Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing


Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery (ad eundem)


Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science


Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology

2007 - 2019

Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Manufactures and Commerce

2001 - 2019