Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Jessica Biles

Dr Jessica Biles

RN, BN, MHSc(Ed), PhD

I have held an academic position within the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health at Charles Sturt University since 2008. My PhD was a phenomenological study that focused on cultural competence development across a cohort of students within a Bachelor of nursing degree: Australian Indigenous Cultural Competence and Nursing and was published in 2017. I am involved in several other research projects looking at effective teaching strategies in cultural competence and nursing team communication. During my time at CSU, I have held a number of leadership roles and am the co-editor of a text titled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellness. I have a strong profile both in teaching and research in the area of cultural competence and equity in healthcare/education. I have experience managing projects and leading teams. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling both overseas and throughout Australia. I am married to an academic Brett and have two children Stella and Audrey. Please view my publication and media releases via this link: https://researchoutput.csu.edu.au/en/persons/jbilescsueduau and webpage: https://jessicabilesphd.wixsite.com/jessicabilesphd

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Teaching  Interests

  • Cultural competence
  • The first year higher degree experience
  • Undergraduate nurse education
  • Reflective practice
  • Med/surgical nursing
  • Primary health care
  • Health promotion
  • Indigenous health

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Research Interests

Research
  • 2018- Improving Undergraduate Evidence-Based Practice Education: Four Participatory Action-Research Case Studies. CI- Kylie Murphy Researchers: Catherine Thomas, Jessica Biles, Clarissa Hughes, Marguerite Bramble, Tracey Parnell, Michael Curtin, Rodney Pope, Simon O’Connor, Lisa Brown, Linda Wilson, Evan Plowman, Lisa Speedie
  • 2017- Preparing Students for Evidence-Based Practice: What’s happening? Dr Kylie Murphy, Ass/Prof Michael Curtin, Jessica Biles, Ruth Crawford $8456
  • 2017- International Survey of Nurse Managers' Views on Compassion in Nursing. Professor Irena Papadopoulos; Dr Magdeline Aagard, Shelia Ali, Jessica Biles in collaboration with academics from 15 countries
  • 2016- First year undergraduate nurses experiences of wearing uniforms whilst undertaking simulated clinical skills within nursing laboratories: A cohort comparison study: Protocol approval number: HREC 400/2015/15 CSU. CI: Karen Stanley
  • 2016- Exploring the cultural aspects of compassion in nursing: An international on-line survey- International collaboration with Middlesex University
  • 2010- 2017 PhD Candidate, School of Community Health, Charles Sturt University- Australian Indigenous Culture competence and Nursing.
  • 2013 School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health Seed Grant - Research matters: harvesting collective wisdom to find new ways of engaging in research.
  • 2013 Scholarship in Teaching Grant - Cassie's Story, Dyan Ngal: who is hearing and who is listening? A problem based learning resource approach to transformative cultural competence experiences.
  • 2013 Nursing Partnerships with Aboriginal Health Centres: A pilot project for undergraduate Nursing clinical placements.
  • 2009 - 2010 The Living Curriculum: Bridging the gap between the espoused and the enacted curricula.
Research interests
  • Nurse education
  • Reflective practice
  • Indigenous Health
  • Cultural competency
  • Nursing curriculum
Awards
  • 2016- Betty Jeffreys Award, Nurses Memorial Centre $5000

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Professional Activities

Professional Memberships
  • Australian Representative Committee Member – Board of the European Transcultural Nursing Association – National/International 2013 - current
  • Hume Region Nurse Educators Group: 2005- current
  • Australian Rural Health Education Network: current
  • Australian Volunteers Association: current
  • Australia Nurse Teachers Society (ANTS): previous
  • University of Sydney Life membership
  • Elected Committee Member of St Patrick's Parish School Board
Professional Activities
  • Opportunity of reviewing nursing texts in a casual capacity with Pearson Australia
  • Voluntary education to local primary schools in Albury
Career Highlights
  • Recipient of the Nurses' Memorial Centre (Defence), Betty Jeffrey Award for 2016
  • Scholarship in Teaching Grant 2013, 2009 $10,000
  • School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health Seed Grant 2013 $500
  • NSW Nursing Association Professional Development scholarship 2008
  • Victorian Registration Board Professional Development scholarship 2007
  • Working together with students to fulfil nursing academic ambitions

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