Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Jessica Biles

Dr Jessica Biles

RN, BN, MHSc(Ed), PhD

Jessica (BN, MHSc(Ed), PhD) began her career as a nurse in various metropolitan and rural hospitals in neurological, intensive care, medical and surgical, and nuclear medicine units. Jessica has also worked as a nurse in Justice Health.

In 2007, Jessica began work as a nurse educator in the hospital system and taught at Wodonga Institute of TAFE, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Medic program). She then worked as a clinical supervisor to Bachelor of Nursing students from Latrobe University and Charles Sturt University. Jessica has held the position of Lecturer within the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health since 2008. Within this time she has coordinated the Bachelor of Science (General) Course and implemented change with the School Nursing team via nursing curriculum. Jessica is currently the Associate Head of the southern campuses.

She completed her PhD, a phenomenological study looking at the cultural competence development across a cohort of students within a Bachelor of nursing degree. Her PhD was titled " Indigenous Australian Cultural Competence and Nursing" and completed in 2017. She is  involved in several other research projects looking at effective teaching strategies in cultural competence and evidence based practice.

Jessica has travelled extensively both overseas and throughout Australia. She is married to an academic Brett, and has two children Stella and Audrey.

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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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