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Nina Power

Nina Power


PhD Child Health, MSc Child Nursing Science, BCur (General, Community and Psychiatric Nursing and Midwifery)


Registration with SANC: 14243646 General Nurse, Psychiatric Nurse, Community Nurse and Midwife

Additional qualifications: Post-basic Child Nursing Science

Nina Power joined the CNPDI Research Team in October 2017 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with a special research focus on Maternal-Infant separation.  She has led an extensive scope review on maternal-infant separation in the hospital setting, exploring the psychological and physiological effects of the separation on the mother and/or infant/child.  She has contributed to research design and rigour within the team and results of the scope review have provided a solid evidence platform that will springboard further research on the mother-infant/child dyad and complement existing research findings within the CNPDI research team.

Nina has also become actively involved in the MNCN programme by providing mentorship to the students on the research component of their degrees: Developing Evidence-based Practice Protocols (EBPs) for implementation in clinical settings.

Nina’s PhD study was a multi-site, quantitative study that described and compared children’s post-hospital problematic behaviour change and pain following day case or inpatient surgery. The study was the first report of the incidence of post-hospital, postoperative problematic behaviour change and pain in the British child population.  The findings also examined the association of parent, child, pre-operative and in-hospital factors with parent and child anxiety, preparation for surgery and child post-hospital problematic behaviour and postoperative symptoms. 


Awarding Institution

Year awarded

PhD Child Health

UCL Institute of Child Health, London, UK


MSc Child Nursing Science

University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg, South Africa


B.Cur (Nursing)

University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Durban, South Africa



Power, NM., Howard, RF., Wade, AM., Franck, LS. (2012). Pain and behaviour changes in children following surgery. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 97(10), 879-884

Power, NM., Franck, LS. (2008). Parent participation in the care of hopsitalised children: a systematic review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 62(6), 622-641

Power, NM., Liossi, C., Franck, LS. (2007). Helping parents to help their child with procedural and everyday pain: practical, evidence-based advice. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 12(3), 203-209