I transitioned from a clinical to an academic career in 2006. My clinical career has spanned for over 30 years. As a clinical expert at an advanced practice level, I wanted to invoke change that leads to better outcomes inpatient care. I have taken a leadership role in this area with an academic career that was well informed by my clinical expertise, research and scholarly approach. I have specialised in acute and critical care, intensive care, trauma and retrieval nursing.
My PhD focused on the epidemiology and clinical management of patients with severe sepsis in Australia. I have interests and projects in critical care practice, epidemiology, workforce, policy and patient outcome.
My teaching philosophy is based on the belief that teaching and learning strategies and experiences are continuous, summative and integral to the professional relationships that develop between the students, the university, industry and the wider community. a leader and a role model in my specialty. I am committed to the professional role of the critical care nurse and am leading this by involvement with the core professional body for the specialty; the Australian College of Critical care Nurses.
Current research projects:
Wellbeing and Burnout in Critical Care Health Professionals as part of the International Consortium for Occupational Resilience Phase 2
Stroke transition care
Frailty in critically ill
Sepsis mortality across the lifespan, differences in sex, using CORE big data
RN BNg BSc (Psychology/Molecular Biology), MNSc (Critical Care), MPH (Epi), GC Health Ec, PhD
Australian Institute of Company Directors Course
Australian Learning and Teaching Council of Australia Postgraduate Program Award 2012 for the Flinders University Critical Care Program
Vice Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning 2015
SA Health Nursing Excellence Awards Winner - Registered Nurse Clinical Practice 2003
Honorary Life Membership Australian College of Critical Care Nurses
Fellow Australian College of Critical Care Nurses
Fellow Australian College of Nursing
Higher Degree by Research Coordinator 2018- current
Theme lead Intensive Care Research Caring Futures Institute - Wellbeing and Burnout in Critical Care Health Professionals; Sepsis,
Coordinator and Educational Designer of Postgraduate Acute Care and Critical Care topics,
Supervision and Coordinator of Critical Care Research, workforce and specialist practice policy and standards.
I am the Topic Coordinator and Educational Designer for the Acute Care Specialisation (Critical Care nursing) topics, a very successful postgraduate specialist discipline. We have over 300 students annually and are seen as the main education provider for many intensive care and critical care and acute care clinical units.
PhD - DEC 2013
Master - SEP 2017
Master - FEB 2017
Master - SEP 2015
PhD - APR 2011
PhD - NOV 2019
PhD - AUG 2020
Australian College of Critical Care Nurses Past National President and Executive Director
Academic Board Member College of Chiropractic SA
Australian Institute of Company Directors
Australian College of Critical Care Nurses;
Australian Nursing Federation;
Royal College of Nursing;
Australian & New Zealand Intensive Care Society
European Intensive Care Society
Society of Critical Care Medicine
World Federation of Critical Care Nurses - Director
Reviewer: American Journal of Critical Care, Australian Critical Care; Journal of Advanced Nursing. International Journal of Nursing Practice, BMJ Safety and Quality, Plos One, Emergency Medical Journal, Critical Care Medicine.
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