RN, BN, MPhil Candidate
I completed a Bachelor of Nursing at CSU Bathurst campus in 1993. I moved to Sydney after graduation and worked in range of acute care settings including recovery, emergency and surgery. In more recent years I have worked in medical education and project management in Primary Health Care contexts. In 2008 I commenced as a sessional staff member at CSU Bathurst, transitioning to a permanent position in 2015. I am currently completing a Master of Philosophy (Science) through a CSU Postgraduate Research Part Time Tuition Fee Scholarship, awarded in 2016. I am also an amateur nursing historian, with a focus on nursing in World War One.
I primarily teach third and first year subjects in the Bachelor of Nursing and have a special interest in the transition to tertiary study. I am also interested in the use of learning technologies to optimise students' learning experience.
Thesis topic "The evaluation of a peer mentoring program for first year undergraduate nursing students: an Action Research study".
Supervisors: Associate Professor David Stanley and Professor Linda Shields
This project evaluates a Peer Mentoring Program to be trialled in Session 1 2016.
The aim of this research is to evaluate whether a peer mentoring program (PMP) within an undergraduate nursing degree has a positive impact on academic self – efficacy in mentors and mentees.
Research Assistant for "First year undergraduate nurses experiences in wearing uniforms whilst undertaking simulated clinical skills within nursing laboratories: A cohort comparison study". Lead Researchers – Karen Stanley and Maryanne Podham. Project awarded a Learning and Teaching Grant 2015.
Lead Researcher for "Developing strong self- efficacy in undergraduate nursing students through the application of a transitional subject", with Dr Judith Anderson and Ms Krishna Lambert. Project awarded a Learning and Teaching Grant 2014.
Australian College of Nursing