Louisa Long

Louisa is an Impact Research Fellow at the Florence Nightingale Foundation and a registered nurse (mental health).

Louisa’s journey as a registered nurse began as a staff nurse on the enhanced care ward with Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust. During her first year of registration she commenced her PhD candidature at University of Nottingham focusing on the age sensitive care of emerging adults aged 18-25 years, she gained scholarships from FNF and the Nightingale Fund for her studies.  Louisa developed her skillset by moving into a lead nurse role within child and adolescent mental health community services. She then moved into the role of Assistant Professor of mental health nursing studies at University of Nottingham, her pedagogical research and practice focused on emotional ecology and  the pastoral care of students. Louisa was honoured to awarded Personal Tutor of the Year (2020) in the Education Network and Staff Oscars.

Prior to training as a registered nurse Louisa has also worked for the mental health charity Rethink, running the Young Person’s Recovery Learning Service, cited as an example of best practice by the Social Care Institute for Excellence. She was also project lead for Vtalentyear young person’s leadership project, a collaboration between Vinspired and New College Nottingham.  Two of her participants received Nottingham’s Young Person of the Year Award for their community projects.

Louisa joined FNF in 2023 as an impact research fellow and is committed to developing context sensitive evaluation methods, focusing what works, for whom and in what context. Louisa’s vision is of fostering an impact culture which develops and strengthens processes for showcasing the difference that FNF make when supporting nurses and midwives to improve care and save lives through nursing leadership.

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