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Nelson Selvaraj

Mr Nelson Selvaraj

Lecturer: Adult Nursing

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 29206 87801
Ty Dewi Sant, Floor 2nd Floor, Room 2.11, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4XN


I am a lecturer (Adult nursing) at the School of Healthcare Sciences, and I teach, assess and supervise students across undergraduate nursing programme. I am the Numeracy Lead for nursing which is integral to ensuring that students meet programme requirements for drug calculation competencies.

My background is Critical Care (Adult) and my special interests are simulated practice, cardio-respiratory physiology, airway management, mechanical ventilation, sedation management, organ donation and infection control. In 2015, I completed my MSc. Critical Care (Distinction) at Cardiff University. 

During the COVID pandemic, I collaborated with other experienced critical care lecturers and delivered two-full days of teaching and simulation that covers areas such as safety procedures, airway assessment & ventilation and cardiovascular assessment. We trained more than 200 ward-based staff nurses and other allied healthcare professionals in a short space of time. At the peak of the pandemic, I have also worked as a volunteer at the Mass Vaccination Centres in Cardiff to contribute to the vaccination rollout.

I won the prestigious Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Wales 'Nurse of the Year Award 2023' - Nurse Education category in June 2023.

I am a runner and have raised funds for good causes. I regularly volunteer at the Cardiff Half Marathon and Butetown Mile, and am a novice gardener. 












Currently, Iam undertaking a scoping review exploring the challenges experienced by Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurses during the organ donation process. This project is funded by the Research Capacity Building Collaboration (RCBC) Wales (First into Research Fellowship Scheme). 

Exploring the challenges experienced by Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurses during the organ donation process - A scoping review


Objective: The aims of this scoping review are to provide an overview of the challenges experienced by Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurses during the organ donation process and identify support models or strategies that may support ICU nurses when caring for potential organ donors and their families during the organ donation process.

Introduction: Caring for potential organ donors and their relatives can be a challenging prospect for many ICU nurses. Internationally, there has been a range of reported challenges nurses experience during the organ donation process, and a better understanding of these may improve the quality of care and the overall experience of donors’ families.

Inclusion criteria: Studies that report on challenges experienced by the ICU nurses in adult ICU settings while caring for patients during the organ donation process will be included. Studies that report on support models or strategies to address these challenges will also be included.

Methods: This scoping review will be conducted in accordance with the methods outlined by JBI and reported using PRISMA-ScR guidance. The following databases will be searched for eligible studies: Cochrane library, MEDLINE (via Ovid), Embase, APA PsycINFO, Scopus, OVID Emcare, Web of Science and CINAHL (via EBSCO). No time or language restrictions will be applied. Studies will be screened for inclusion by two independent reviewers and data extraction will be carried out using the data extraction form designed specifically for this review. Results will be analysed and presented according to the concepts of interest, using tables, figures and supporting narrative summary.

Keywords: Organ donation; Intensive Care Unit; ICU nurse; barriers; challenges

Protocol in Open Science Forum


I currently lead the year two undergraduate (UG) nursing module 'Developing Adult Nursing Practice' (Spring intake). I teach across the three year UG nursing programme and most of the subjects I teach are linked to acute and critical care. I am heavily involved in leading and delivering a variety of clinical skills sessions across the programme. I also supervise students undertaking undergraduate dissertations. I am the numeracy lead for nursing which is integral to ensuring that students meet programme requirements for drug calculation competencies.

I am an External Examiner at University of Hertfordshire.


After 18 years clinical career in critical care, I joined the School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University in 2015 as a lecturer in adult nursing.

My previous role as a senior band 7 charge nurse in one of the largest critical care units in north-west England was diverse. My main responsibilities were leading and co-ordinating shifts and ensuring adequate staffing levels and skills mix to meet the patient care needs. I have led several local service improvement projects during my tenure. In 2013, I became the Education and Development Practitioner for critical care  and supported staff development through preceptorship and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses. 

In my previous role, I taught both on the university accredited programmes (Post-Certificate / Diploma Critcal Care Courses) and nationally recognised courses (Acute Illness Management Course). I also organised and facilitated a number of study days and simulation-based training (Tracheostomy, Sedation Management, Haemofiltration and Central Venous Catheters) for critical care nurses.


  • MSc. Critical Care (Distinction), Cardiff University
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Bolton University
  • Post-Basic Diploma in Critical Care, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
  • BSc. Nursing, The Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R Medical University, India

Honours and awards

  • Winner: Royal College of Nursing Wales Nurse of the Year Awards - Nurse Education (2023)
  • Finalist: Excellence in Civic Mission Award (2020)
  • Nominated: Cardiff Students' Union Enriching Student Life Awards - Most Uplifting Staff Member (2019)
  • Student nominated: Lecturer of the year (2019)

Professional memberships

  • Registered Nurse (Adult) Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Registered Teacher Nursing and Midwifery Council

Academic positions

  • 2015 - current: Lecturer (Adult Nursing), Cardiff University

Research themes


  • Critical Care