Position

Lecturer
College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Qualifications

RN, BNg, GradDipAdultEd, MNgFlin, PhD, PSI ETA Chapter STTI, FCNA

Honours, awards and grants

2017 The Vice President and Executive Dean’s Team Prize for all round contributions to the success of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Evidence of teams’ ability to function under challenging circumstances; maintain a customer focus and adhere to the Flinders values of integrity, courage, innovation and excellence. Dr Button Project lead.

2016 Start up grant Measuring the impact of a 3D simulation experience on the diverse nursing/midwifery students’ cultural empathy and change of practice $5000.

2012 HESTA finalist in Education Innovation in Nursing

2011 Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation $10,000 D Button (Team leader), K Wotton, M Kelton G Mathews.Category;
Citation: For significant contribution by team members in developing an online self-directed Clinical Communication Program assisting nursing students' development and application of professional language.

2009 HESTA finalist in Education Innovation in Nursing.

2008 $10,000 Executive Dean's Teaching and learning Grant 'Nursing paramedics and medical staff working as a team: Development of interdisciplinary clinical decision making and communication using high fidelity simulation'. K.Wotton, D Button, J Davis, M Kelton, M Neill, T Pointon, P Clarke, J Thompson.

2008 $8,000 Culturally Diverse and Inclusive Practice (CDIP) grant: 'How to make a Cultural quilt Utilising the CDIP toolkit to educate Casual Part-time Teachers and academic staff members about culturally inclusive practices focus on students undertaking clinical placement.' M Kelton, D Button.

2007 $2,000 Culturally Diverse and Inclusive Practice (CDIP) grant: 'It's Shocking understanding culture shock for general staff and part-time clinical teachers. M Kelton, D Button.

2006 $10,000 University Teaching and learning Innovation grant: 'Developing a online Clinical Communication program for ESL students that will be accessed via the internet in the clinical placement. D Button, K Wotton, M Kelton G Mathews.

1998 $3,000 Vice Chancellors award for Excellence in Teaching

Key responsibilities

Undergradaute and post graduate teaching

E-learning innovation across the program

Teaching interests

Teaching in undergraduate programs; asthma management; orthopaedics; spinal injuries; emergency nursing.
Using high fidelity simulation to enhance students learning
Developing online teaching resources to motivate students learning in preparation for clinical practice

Topic Coordinator:

  • NURS1004  Physical dimensions of being human
  • NURS9017  Extended Nursing Practice (PEP)
  • NURS9028  Transition to Nurse Practitioner Role

Research interests

Electronic technology (E-learning) is increasingly playing a greater role in tertiary education. While the benefits of E-learning are recognised, a number of challenges are presented. The aim of my PhD study, therefore, was to explore issues impacting on the use of E-learning by Australian students and academics in the undergraduate nursing curriculum. This Mixed Method study found that while undergraduate nursing students frequently used the internet and social media for personal interaction, they lacked the computer information literacy skills necessary to undertake University studies.

The results also indicated that nursing academics were willing to implement E-learning in the curriculum. However, there was a need for greater leadership support and resources to enable its implementation. With the increased adoption of E-learning in education and computer information technology , it is imperative that students and academics are provided with the time, resources and computer skills necessary to enable students to successfully complete their course and meet the challenges of the technologically evolving world.



Supervisory interests

  • Aged and community care
  • Aged care
  • E-learning
  • Education, nursing
  • Interprofessional education
  • Interprofessional learning
  • Interprofessional practice
  • Rehabilitation and aged care

RHD research supervision

Completion

Principal supervisor : Skin care neonates (1) ;

Associate supervisor : Adult suprapubic catheter lived experience (1) ; Pre-school asthma family experience (1) ; Experiences of people undergoing mutiple eye surgey eye (1) ;

Publications

  • Button, E.D. (2016). BYOD in year 1 bioscience: Building digital information literacy skills in the flipped classroom. NETNEP 2016: 6th International Nurse Education Conference. Brisbane, Australia. Apr 2016.
  • Garnett, T.E. and Button, E.D. (2015). Badges! Badges? Badges ... Lessons learned playing with digital badges. HERGA Conference 2015, Brave New World: The Future of Teaching & Learning. Adelaide. Sep 2015.
  • Button, E.D. (2015). Digital information literacy in nursing: Risks and rewards. The Australian Nurse Teachers' Society (ANTS) South Australian Professional Development Day. Adelaide. Aug 2015.
  • Button, E. (2014). E-learning in preregistration programs issues for students and educators: A review of the literature. Nursing Informatic Conference: E-health is changing healthcare: Nurses meeting the challenge. Smart phones, smart tablets, smart nurses. Melbourne. Aug 2014.
  • Kelton, M., Button, E. and Wotton, K. (2014). "Can you please repeat that?": Improving communication skills for culturally and linguistically diverse nursing students through an innovative online program. National Nurse Education Conference: Changing Boards. Adelaide. Apr 2014.
  • Kelton, M. and Button, E. (2014). How to weave a cultural quilt: Increasing cultural awareness amongst non-academic School of Nursing & Midwifery staff. National Nurse Education Conference: Changing Boards. Adelaide. Apr 2014.
  • Garnett, T.E. and Button, E.D. (2014). Flipping learning with online gamification: Adopting game elements in Moodle for motivating first-year nursing students to be prepared. Ascilite 2014: Rhetoric and Reality. Dunedin, New Zealand. Nov 2014.
    [Web Link]
  • Button, E. (2014). What is on the horizon for nursing education? Are we ready for the possibilities? National Nurse Education Conference: Changing Boards. Adelaide. Apr 2014.
  • Button, E. (2014). Using Quick Response (QR) codes in the nursing practice laboratories. National Nurse Education Conference: Changing Boards. Adelaide. Apr 2014.
  • Button, E. (2014). E-learning in Preregistration programs issues for students and educators: A review of the literature. National Nurse Education Conference: Changing Boards. Adelaide. Apr 2014.
  • Button, E. (2014). "Students please turn your smart phones on": Using a cloud based student response system to track learning. 5th International Nurse Education Conference, NETNEP 2014. The Netherlands. Jun 2014.
  • Button, E. (2014). "Students please turn your phones on": Using a Cloud based student response system to track learning. National Nurse Education Conference: Changing Boards. Adelaide, South Australia. Apr 2014.
  • Kelton, M.F., Button, E.D. and Wotton, K.G. (2008). The clinical communication program: an innovation in clinical learning for nursing students [poster] In Simtect health 2008 simulation conference: simulation - realising the potential. Simtect Health 2008 Simulation Conference, Simulation - Realising the Potential. Brisbane, QLD. Sep 2008.
  • Button, E.D. (2008). Clinical Communication Program: An innovation in clinical learning for nursing students. In Clinical professions education, A bridge to quality, flexibility and diversity, the 13th National Nurse Education Conference. Clinical professions education, A bridge to quality, flexibility and diversity, the 13th National Nurse Education Conference. Sydney, NSW. Sep 2008.
  • Button, E.D., Kelton, M.F., Wotton, K.G. and Gigger, S. (2008). Online public domain study aid to improve health professionals communications. In Beyond the Horizon, the Next Generation's View, South Australia's Leading Health Management Conference. Beyond the Horizon, the Next Generation's View, South Australia's Leading Health Management Conference. Adelaide, SA. May 2008.
  • Button, E.D., Kelton, M.F., Wotton, K.G. and Gigger, S. (2008). The Clinical Communication Program: An innovation in clinical learning for nursing students. In Clinical professions education, A bridge to quality, flexibility and diversity: Proceedings of the 13th National Nurse Education Conference. Clinical professions education, A bridge to quality, flexibility and diversity, the 13th National Nurse Education Conference. Sydney, NSW. Sep 2008.
  • Wotton, K.G., Kelton, M.F., Button, E.D. and Davis, J.D. (2008). Third year undergraduate nursing students perspectives of hi-fidelity simulation. In Simtect Health 2008 Simulation Conference, Simulation - Realising the Potential. Simtect Health 2008 Simulation Conference, Simulation - Realising the Potential. Brisbane, QLD. Sep 2008.
  • Button, E.D. (2007). Young adults experiences with asthma: implications for client/patient education. In AAREA National Conference: abstracts for concurrent sessions. Australian Asthma & Respiratory Educators Association. Come and breathe new life into your practice: AAREA National Conference. Gold Coast, QLD. Nov 2007, pp. 38-38.
  • Button, E.D. (2007). Young adults experiences with asthma: implications for client/patient education. In Program and Abstracts: 5th General Practice Nurse Conference. RCNA. Maximising Nursing's Contribution to Primary Health Care: 5th General Practice Nurse Conference. Hobart, TAS. Oct 2007, pp. 8-8.
  • Button, E.D. (2007). Young adults experiences with asthma: implications for education. In Australian Resource Centre for Healthcare Innovations (ARCHI) Innovations in Asthma Toolkit Seminar. Australian Resource Centre for Healthcare Innovations (ARCHI) Innovations in Asthma Toolkit Seminar. Melbourne, VIC. Aug 2007, pp. 8-8.
  • Button, E.D. (2001). How do young adults experience asthma? In Contesting Conversations in Practice, Education, Research and Policy: Handbook. Contesting Conversations in Practice, Education, Research and Policy. Adelaide, SA. Nov 2001, pp. 32-32.
  • Willis, E.M., Button, E.D., Saunders, J., Light, B. and Bunn, L. (2001). The Shortwind project. Hawes, C; Bowden, M; Brown, M, ed. Celebrate Nursing 2000, pp. 19-21.
  • Garnett, T.E. and Button, E.D. (2016). A case study exploring video access by students: wrangling and visualising data for measuring digital behaviour. In S. Barker, S. Dawson, A. Pardo, & C. Colvin, ed. Show Me The Learning: Proceedings ASCILITE 2016. Adelaide, South Australia: University of South Australia. ASCILITE 2016. Adelaide, South Australia. Nov 2016, pp. 225-230.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Button, E.D., Kelton, M.F., Wotton, K.G. and Gigger, S. (2008). The Clinical Communication Program: An innovation in clinical learning for nursing students. In The WACE/ACEN Asia Pacific Conference 2008 E-Proceedings. Sydney, Australia: Australian Collaborative Education Network. Work Integrated Learning (WIL): Transforming Futures, WACE Asia Pacific Conference. Sydney, NSW. Sep 2008, pp. 63-69.
  • Button, E., Harrington, A. and Belan, I. (2014). E-learning & information communication technology (ICT) in nursing education: A review of the literature. Nurse Education Today, 34(10) pp. 1311-1323.
    [10.1016/j.nedt.2013.05.002] [Scopus]
  • Brideson, G.M., Glover, P. and Button, E. (2012). Flight nurses in Australia: Maintaining their midwifery competence - a case study. Contemporary Nurse, 43(1) pp. 121-130.
    [10.5172/conu.2012.43.1.121] [Scopus]
  • Wotton, K.G., Davis, J.D., Button, E.D. and Kelton, M.F. (2010). Third-year undergraduate nursing students' perceptions of high-fidelity simulation. Journal of Nursing Education, 49(11) pp. 632-639.
    [10.3928/01484834-20100831-01] [Scopus]
  • Sweeney, A., Harrington, A.C. and Button, E.D. (2007). Suprapubic catheters--a shared understanding, from the other side looking in. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, 34(4) pp. 418-424.
    [10.1097/01.WON.0000281659.92333.b3] [Scopus]
  • Button, E.D. (2003). National Asthma Council Australia's six step asthma management plan: is it working for young adults? Collegian, 10(4) pp. 37-42.
    [Web Link]
  • Garnett, T.E. and Button, E.D. (2016). A case study exploring video access by students: wrangling and visualising data for measuring digital behaviour. In S. Barker, S. Dawson, A. Pardo, & C. Colvin, ed. Show Me The Learning: Proceedings ASCILITE 2016. Adelaide, South Australia: University of South Australia. ASCILITE 2016. Adelaide, South Australia. Nov 2016, pp. 225-230.
    [Web Link] [Web Link]
  • Button, E.D., Kelton, M.F., Wotton, K.G. and Gigger, S. (2008). The Clinical Communication Program: An innovation in clinical learning for nursing students. In The WACE/ACEN Asia Pacific Conference 2008 E-Proceedings. Sydney, Australia: Australian Collaborative Education Network. Work Integrated Learning (WIL): Transforming Futures, WACE Asia Pacific Conference. Sydney, NSW. Sep 2008, pp. 63-69.
  • Button, E., Harrington, A. and Belan, I. (2014). E-learning & information communication technology (ICT) in nursing education: A review of the literature. Nurse Education Today, 34(10) pp. 1311-1323.
    [10.1016/j.nedt.2013.05.002] [Scopus]
  • Brideson, G.M., Glover, P. and Button, E. (2012). Flight nurses in Australia: Maintaining their midwifery competence - a case study. Contemporary Nurse, 43(1) pp. 121-130.
    [10.5172/conu.2012.43.1.121] [Scopus]
  • Wotton, K.G., Davis, J.D., Button, E.D. and Kelton, M.F. (2010). Third-year undergraduate nursing students' perceptions of high-fidelity simulation. Journal of Nursing Education, 49(11) pp. 632-639.
    [10.3928/01484834-20100831-01] [Scopus]
  • Sweeney, A., Harrington, A.C. and Button, E.D. (2007). Suprapubic catheters--a shared understanding, from the other side looking in. Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, 34(4) pp. 418-424.
    [10.1097/01.WON.0000281659.92333.b3] [Scopus]
  • Button, E.D. (2003). National Asthma Council Australia's six step asthma management plan: is it working for young adults? Collegian, 10(4) pp. 37-42.
    [Web Link]
  • Button, E.D. (2016). BYOD in year 1 bioscience: Building digital information literacy skills in the flipped classroom. NETNEP 2016: 6th International Nurse Education Conference. Brisbane, Australia. Apr 2016.
  • Button, E.D. (2015). Digital information literacy in nursing: Risks and rewards. The Australian Nurse Teachers' Society (ANTS) South Australian Professional Development Day. Adelaide. Aug 2015.
  • Garnett, T.E. and Button, E.D. (2015). Badges! Badges? Badges ... Lessons learned playing with digital badges. HERGA Conference 2015, Brave New World: The Future of Teaching & Learning. Adelaide. Sep 2015.

Professional and community engagement

Fellow College of Nursing Australia
National secretary: Australian Nurse Teachers Society
Treasurer PSI ETA South Australian Chapter STTI

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Anatomy
  • Asthma
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Education - Curriculum
  • Nursing
  • Orthopaedics

Interests

  • Asthma Education
  • Clinical Teaching
  • Orthopaedic Nursing
  • Simulation Development
  • Clinical Teaching
  • High Fidelity Simulation
  • E-learning

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Location: Sturt West Wing (W418)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
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