Dr Steve Parker

Senior Lecturer

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt North Wing (N314A)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
Dr Steve Parker is the Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) in the School of Nursing & Midwifery at Flinders University. He is a registered nurse, has a qualification in mental health, and teaches critical thinking, communication/interpersonal skills, ethics, and research. His research areas include the theory-practice gap, assessment alignment, and factors in first year that influence student success. His PhD was in the area of professional autonomy. He has been teaching for over 25 years in the higher education sector in Australia and loves exploring new technologies that support life, work and learning.
Qualifications

RN, DipT (Nurse Ed), BEd, PhD

Honours, awards and grants
  • 2016 Vice-Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching for excellence in innovation and scholarship by developing Case World™ to simulate real world clinical problem solving , providing students from multiple health disciplines with enhanced authentic online learning experiences . (Member of project team)
  • 2016 Executive Dean's Teaching Excellence Award for work with CaseWorld e-learning which brings the hospital and community health setting to students studying health care at University. (Member of project team)
  • Nominated for 2017 South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards - Excellence in Leadership (Registered Nurse/Registered Midwife)
Key responsibilities
  • Coordinate all postgraduate nursing courses in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Research expertise
Applied ethics
Evaluating quality in teachers' and learners' knowledge
Health professional education
Higher education studies
Learning and teaching
Nursing
Online learning
Research interests
  • Critical thinking
  • Metalearning
  • Flipped learning
  • Blended learning
  • Online learning
  • Communication
  • Professional ethics
  • Professional autonomy


The construction of autonomy in nursing, PhD Thesis.
The understanding of autonomy in nursing needs to be enriched by the distinction between freedom and autonomy. The philosophical literature is analysed and definitions for freedom and autonomy are developed. The nursing literature is reviewed and critiqued in relation to the definitions of autonomy and it is argued only freedom, labelled as autonomy, is discussed and explored. A research project is described which explored nurses construction of autonomy that was compared with the definitions of freedom and autonomy. On the surface, the participants construction of autonomy is similar to that found in the nursing literature, but deeper analysis uncovered a richer construction that is more consistent with the philosophical distinctions. The most important conclusion drawn is that the nursing profession needs to consider the possibility its conception of autonomy may be flawed and focused more on freedom than autonomy. Implications for research, education, and professional practice are described.

Teaching interests
  • As a Teaching Specialist, interests are in all aspects of learning and teaching
  • critical thinking
  • communication and interpersonal skills
  • ethics in health care, especially nursing
  • curriculum development
  • assessment
  • approaches to learning
  • flipped learning
  • blended learning
Topic coordinator
NURS9124 Advanced Thinking, Problem Solving, and Communication for Health Professionals
NURS1006 Law and Ethics for Professional Practice
Topic lecturer
NURS9124 Advanced Thinking, Problem Solving, and Communication for Health Professionals
NURS1006 Law and Ethics for Professional Practice
Supervisory interests
Action research
Blended learning
Collaborative teaching with clinicians
Critical thinking
Curriculum development
Curriculum in general and in higher education
Curriculum initiatives in teaching
E-learning
Education, health, curriculum development
Education, teaching and learning in higher
Ethics
Evaluation research
Health care ethics
Information and communication technology (ICT)
Interpersonal communication
Models of curriculum design and evaluation
Online learning
Professional autonomy
Teaching and learning
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: education, critical thinking (1), cultural factors impacting on international students (1), Student learning (1), Education related to medication calculation (1)
Associate supervisor: fire fighter culture (1), presenteeism in nurses (1)
Completion
Principal supervisor: nursing, cancer, quality of life (1), nursing, transition, discharge planning (1)
Associate supervisor: nursing, complementary therapy, cancer (1), Patient transition in nursing care (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Masoud Bahrami

PhD - OCT 2013

Afshin Shorofi

PhD - JUL 2009

Salizar Binti Mohamed Ludin

PhD - OCT 2011

Publications
Expert for media contact
Nursing
Research
Critical Thinking
Curriculum development
Ethics
Internet/Web
Interpersonal Communication
Nursing Research
Qualitative Research Software
Teaching & Learning
Available for contact via
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+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Nursing
  • Research
Interests
  • Critical Thinking
  • Curriculum development
  • Ethics
  • Internet/Web
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Nursing Research
  • Qualitative Research Software
  • Teaching & Learning

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