After providing a variety of critical care services in China and the UK for a number of years, Joy Shao became a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria in 2007. In this role, she teaches, assesses and facilitates students’ learning, helping pre-registration nursing and operating department practitioner (ODP) students work towards their professional registration. In addition, she teaches on the franchised overseas nursing programme, providing teaching and support for staff and students, as well as programme development.Joy is also a Programme Leader for campus-based international nursing programmes, including MSc Nursing, MSc Nursing Leadership and BSc (Hons) Nursing Science; and Dissertation module lead for these programmes. Her clinical and educational background and expertise inspired her to research on student nurses’ perception and experience on the transcultural aspect of nursing care. The research findings are useful to further develop nursing curricular and clinical service provision, and consequently increase patient safety and satisfaction.