Sam has been with UCLan since 2000 initially as a Research Fellow before joining the teaching team as a lecturer in 2001 and Senior lecturer 2003. Whilst at UCLan Sam has been responsible for module leadership, Cohort leadership and Year three leadership. Sam has since been appointed to Course Leader for BSc Pre-registration (Adult) nursing – March cohorts. Sam’s nursing career began at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in the late 1980s working in Acute Medical care before specialising in Care of the Elderly and Stroke rehabilitation. Sam currently has a PhD pending.
Sam is the course leader for BSc Pre-registration (Adult) nursing and Senior Lecturer in Nursing. Sam currently has module leader responsibility for two accelerated nursing MSc modules, alongside her Academic Advisor and Academic Assessor roles. In addition, Sam teaches across a large number of Pre-registration nursing courses (BSc and MSc). Sam is the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing StREAM Champion. StREAM is a Predictive Analytics project aimed at measuring student engagement with their studies.
Sam is currently completing a PhD on 'Student experience of Higher education Pre-registration nursing courses' and has a particular interest in how those experiences can be improved through working co-collaboratively with students. Sam is also amongst the first researchers in the UK to use the novel Experience Based Co-Design methodology, normally used in the clinical setting, in a university setting with students. Sam also has a particular interest in nutrition and nutritional care, pharmacology and human anatomy & physiology.
Sam's publications include: Pollitt, S. (2008) Nutrition and Fluid Management, in Richardson, R. (ed) (2008) Clinical skills for student nurses, Devon: Reflect Press Ltd Pollitt, S. (2008) Breaking bad news, in Richardson, R. (ed) (2008) Clinical skills for student nurses, Devon: Reflect Press Ltd Abstract published: “A blob of this and a blob of that”: a phenomenological enquiry into the nutritional experiences of older people on a rehabilitation ward, RCN events; Royal College of nursing of the United Kingdom Research Society, p.61(2.1.1) Abstract published: Eating in a rehabilitation ward: What is it really like? RCN events; Royal College of nursing of the United Kingdom Research Society, p.29 (25)
- MSc by Research, University of Central Lancashire, 2003
- Post graduate certificate in Learning, Teaching and Higher Education (PGCert LTHE), 2004 / BA (Hons) Health Studies combined with BSc Nursing Studies, University of Central Lancashire, 2000
- Registered General Nurse (RGN), 1991
- National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
- Sam has won the ‘Most Supportive Staff Award 2018’ from East Lancashire Hospital Trust and has been nominated for the University Stars 2019, in the Student Choice category.
- Sam has also received a 'We Heart You' award voted for by students.
- Sam is an active member of the Bridge Church Bolton and is one of the Children's programme Leaders.
- Sam supports 'Compassion UK', 'CAP UK' and 'Iris Global'.
- Sam has regularly helped raise money for the Florence Nightingale foundation and . Sam's interests include eschatology and Middle Eastern politics.
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
- Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) member
- Royal College of Nursing (RCN) member