I developed my career in Adult Nursing specialising in Neuro-medical/Neuro-surgical Nursing, working full-time in units in Edinburgh, Glasgow and agency in Oxford. Thereafter I undertook midwifery education and practised full-time as a clinical midwife both in hospital and the community, latterly combining this with my interest in research. Currently as an experienced midwife, I fulfill a statutory appointment as a Supervisor of Midwives with NHS Highland.
As an experinced nurse and midwife and academic I have developed numerous degree level modules and clinical study days for qualified staff in nursing and midwifery. As part of a small midwifery team , I was responsible for all aspects of the full-time Midwifery Diploma in Higher Education and since 2008 ensured the smooth running of the full-time BSc Midwifery Programme including, curriculum development, teaching, assessment, audit ofplacemnts. mentorship updates, and practic elearing experience.
From September 2013 due to changes in undergraduate midwifery education in Scotland I have became Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching and Chief Examiner, responsible for the delivery of modules and programmes across all 3 campuses.
My current School Responsibilities:
Faculty Chief Examiner
Lead Subject Chief Examiner in Health Sciences
Lead Assessment and Regulations in Health Sciences
Lead Assessment and Regulations in the transition to University of Highland and Islands
I facilitate and teach a variety of clinical and academic skills across a number of subject areas, in both Adult and Mental Health fields of the BSc Nursing programme. I developed and lead on the Perinatal Mental Health Curriculum within the undergraduate nursing programme on Highland Campus and in the postgraduate Health Visiting programme.
Module co-ordinator for SHSU001 Learning to Learn for Nurses a new module introduced in September 2016.
At present I am Cohort Lead for the 2014 Undergraduate students.
Student experience activities:
I lead The Undergraduate Mile a Day Initiative -TUMAD
I am currently a Reviewer for the British Journal of Midwifery
In 2001 I was appointed as a Supervisor of Midwives by NHS Highland and continue to fulfill this statutory role in my own time.
I advise on guidelines for the use of water in labour and birth and audit the use of a pool in Raigmore Hospital in Inverness
Use of water in labour and birth
Emotional wellbeing of women
Perinatal Mental Health
Membership of Professional Organisations:
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
University and College Union
Royal College of Midwives
Society of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
Immersion in water for labour and birth Emotional well-being of women Perinatal Mental Health
Jessiman WC (2013) 'To be honest. I haven't even thought about it'-recruitment in small-scale, qualitative research in primary care. Nurse Researcher, 21 (2), pp. 18-23. https://doi.org/10.7748/nr2013.11.21.2.18.e226
Irvine K, Jessiman WC & Felce A (2012) Prioritising research and dissemination: a Delphi study of NHS Highland midwives. Library and Information Research, 36 (113), pp. 32-47. http://www.lirgjournal.org.uk/lir/ojs/index.php/lir/article/view/522/567
Jessiman WC & Stuttaford M (2012) Supervisors of midwives as human rights defenders. British Journal of Midwifery, 20 (6), pp. 428-431. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?partnerID=yv4JPVwI&eid=2-s2.0-84862641068&md5=16b6dab9e2e7824101497f1c95219910
Jessiman WC, Matheson S & Murray I (2011) Recording practice: Lessons for students, mentors and teachers. British Journal of Midwifery, 19 (12), pp. 803-808. http://www.britishjournalofmidwifery.com/cgi-bin/go.pl/library/article.html?uid=88037;article=BJM_19_12_803_808
Jessiman WC (2002) The use of immersion in water for labour and birth (Presentation) 9th International Conference of Maternity Care Researchers, Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, 22.04.2002-25.04.2002.
Jessiman WC & Bryers H (2000) The Highland experience: immersion in water in labour. British Journal of Midwifery, 8 (6), pp. 357-361. http://www.intermid.co.uk/cgi-bin/go.pl/library/abstract.html?uid=8114
Reynolds W, Scott B & Jessiman WC (1999) Empathy has not been measured in clients' terms or effectively taught: a review of the literature. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 30 (5), pp. 1177-1185. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2648.1999.01191.x