Higher Degree Research Students



Christine Adams

Chris will be looking to explore the qualities that are widely accepted by senior nursing staff as defining professionalism in Nursing, specifically explored from the perspective of the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Christine Adams is the Acting Clinical Coordinator and Assistant Dean in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at The University of Notre Dame. Chris graduated from Curtin University in 1993 and has worked in a variety of roles since, both in Australia and in central London. Areas of special interest include surgical nursing, sexual and reproductive health, hyperbaric and currently, Post Anaesthetic Care Unit nursing. Chris currently works part time at Fremantle Hospital and will be transitioning across to Fiona Stanley Hospital in Oct 2014, to continue working in the PACU. Chris has also worked as a sessional clinical tutor, teaching Nursing Skills 101 in labs at Notre Dame.

Chris commenced her Master of Nursing Research in Feb 2014. Chris will be looking to explore the qualities that are widely accepted by senior nursing staff as defining professionalism in Nursing. This will be specifically explored from the perspective of the Graduate Program Coordinator, the primary employers of nursing graduates in many large metropolitan and rural hospitals. Chris has a special interest in the concept of professionalism in nursing, how it is defined by experienced nursing staff and how it is interpreted and role modelled in the clinical area to junior nursing staff. This study will utilise mixed methods research.

Supervisors:
Judith Wilson
Associate Professor Caroline Bulsara


Laurel Collins

‘The enhancement of emotional intelligence in undergraduate students’ - a mixed methods exploratory study.

Supervisors:
Dr Carol Piercey


Darren Falconer

Reviewing the design of the Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum to explore the learning styles of male students nurses.

Darren Falconer has been a qualified registered nurse since 1997. His nursing experience is predominantly in Accident and Emergency nursing and medical repatriation.

He has previously worked as a lecturer at Edith Cowan University, and has taught across several units within the undergraduate nursing curriculum including Critical Care, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology, Comprehensive Nursing Assessment, Microbiology and Epidemiology, Public Health and Professional Issues in Nursing.

Darren has had quite a varied career to date, with a great deal of knowledge and clinical experience. Whilst teaching is his passion, he continues to work clinically to maintain his clinical skills, whilst also keeping up-to-date with what is happening within the healthcare system. In addition, he has been Clinical Supervisor for the international clinical placements to Tanzania and Vietnam for the last 4 years. Darren is currently acting in the role of Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Course Coordinator. His research interests are in the field of online learning and the use of technology and Men in Nursing. He is currently undertaking his PhD, where he is reviewing the design of the Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum to explore the learning styles of male students nurses.


Benjamin Hay

Benjamin will be exploring mobile technology use by final year registered nursing students in Western Australia through a mixed methods explanatory research design. The research will seek to identify potential themes from mobile technology use during study in their course to the clinical areas.

Benjamin Hay is a senior lecturer within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Notre Dame Fremantle and commenced in his teaching role in 2011. Benjamin is the 3rd Year Student-Academic Liaison and current Chair of the SONM E-learning Committee.

Benjamin has 15 years of critical care nursing experience working and specialising in the area of Intensive Care within many clinical teaching roles. These include Staff Development and Postgraduate Staff Development, Clinical Nursing-ICU, Clinical Nurse Consultant-Critical Care Outreach, and numerous acting roles in Equipment nursing, research and teaching. Benjamin continues to work clinically in critical care at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Fremantle Hospital and Health Service in a casual role to maintain his currency and expertise within nursing.
Benjamin has completed his Masters (Nursing) at the University of Notre Dame, a Graduate Certificate of Critical Care Nursing, a Graduate Certificate of University Teaching and is currently completing his PhD through the University of Notre Dame. Benjamin’s PhD topic that commenced in Feb 2014, relates to the use of mobile technology with final year registered nurses in Western Australia. Ben has completed previous research, presented at various conferences and published within these areas. His interests include mobile technology, social media in health care and critical care.

Supervisors:
Professor Max Bulsara
Dr Karen Clark-Burg
Dr Kylie Russell


Dianne Juliff

The sustainability of the nursing workforce focusing on male graduate nurses transition into the professional-practice environment.

Dianne (Di) Juliff RN RM CCHN BSc(Nsg) MSc(Nsg), with four decades of nursing experience, remains passionate and commitment to the nursing profession. Career spans from metropolitan to rural and remote sites, and private to public health areas inclusive of general, midwifery, child and maternal health all the while maintaining staff and professional development portfolios since 1985. Up until recently for several years held the position of the Coordinator of Nursing Professional Development and Research. Key role being the leadership and role modeling through the planning, development, facilitation, implementation and evaluation of educational, professional development programs/resources and strategies for nursing, allied health and corporate services for the rapidly expanding Health Service. Currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Notre Dame Fremantle in an area of interest being the sustainability of the nursing workforce focusing on male graduate nurses transition into the professional-practice environment.


Carolyn Keane

An Investigation of Nurse Education Service Models in Acute Care Metropolitan Hospitals Across Australia

Carolyn completed her Nursing Degree at Curtin University of Technology in 1993 and her Masters in 2008. She has worked as a nurse in a variety of setting in Australia and the United Kingdom. She is currently the A/Director of Nursing Corporate Services at Fremantle Hospital and Health Service in WA.

Supervisor
Professor Selma Alliex


Pam O'Nions

The registered nurses’ experience of nursing in the same clinical area, within a tertiary hospital setting, for more than 15 years: an ethnographic approach.

There are many studies that seek to understand why nurses leave nursing; however there has been little research about why nurses stay. In fact there is little known about how nurses see their work environment as their years in nursing increase. This research seeks to understand the culture of Registered Nurses that have worked in the same clinical area, providing direct patient care for >15yrs, that enables them to stay. The findings will assist both nursing education and organisational management to develop strategies that will improve nursing retention, which in time will also improve recruitment.

Supervisors:
Prof Selma Alliex
Award:Margaret J O Watson Fellowship


Melanie Robinson

An empirical (descriptive) phenomenological study entitled: “Lived experiences of Aboriginal graduate nurses as they transition into the workforce”.

Jill Smith

Creation, Implementation, Evaluation and Validation of a haemophilia nurses’ education program in South Africa.

This program was created in 2002 and has been offered annually since then. I was part of the team of four nurses, three South African haemophilia nurses and myself, who developed the program which required us to write most of the lectures from our experience in clinical practice, as there were few journal articles and no text books about the nursing care of people with haemophilia. I am evaluating the program in the context of a developing country and the part that nurses play in that context after receiving haemophilia- specific education.

Supervisors:
Dr Catherine Ward
Professor Richard Berlach


Sheralee Tamaliunas

The lived experience of experience of nursing leadership from the perspective of nurse executives within the public health services in Western Australia: a phenomenological study

Sheralee completed her Bachelor of Science at Curtin University in 1997. Sheralee has since completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing (ICU), MCN and Diploma of Project Management. She is currently the A/Principal Nursing Advisor – Policy and Practice at Department of Health Nursing and Midwifery Office. Sheralee also holds an Adjunct Senior Lecturer position with the University of Notre Dame Australia and co-ordinates the Graduate Certificate of Nursing Leadership and Management.

Supervisor:
Professor Selma Alliex


Karen Taylor

The development of nurse led Cancer Survivorship Models of Care.

Ms Karen Taylor is a Registered Nurse and is currently working as the Survivorship Cancer Nurse Coordinator for the WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network, where she has worked in cancer coordinator roles since 2010.

Karen has 27 years of nursing experience, starting her career in Tasmania as a hospital trained nurse before moving and working at Flinders Medical Centre SA. From there Karen moved to Qld working at the Mater Hospital, Brisbane, before moving to the Wesley Hospital and becoming one of the founding Clinical Nurses in the first private Stem Cell Transplant unit in Australia. Karen moved to WA in 1999 where she has worked in all aspects of Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation at Royal Perth Hospital. Although her nursing expertise has been varied in her early career, she has predominately practiced in the area of Haematology Cancer / Bone Marrow Transplantation. Karen has undertaken a number of Clinical Nurse, Staff Development and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles.

Karen has coordinated and taught Post Graduate Haematology Nursing at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle. She has lectured and presented at conferences throughout her career. Karen is a trained counsellor and was the coordinator and trainer for volunteer counsellors in Western Australia from 2000 until 2012.

Karen completed a Post Registration Nursing Degree in 1997, a Graduate Diploma in Oncology (with Distinction) in 1998 and a Master of Nursing in 1999. Karen also has a Cert IVA&WT, Cert IVTAA, Cert IV Community Education and Cert IV Counselling. In 2014, Karen commenced a PhD and is hoping to utilise the research she is currently undertaking in haematology survivorship to develop models of survivorship care that can be nurse-led and incorporate transitioning patients from hospital based active treatment to primary care follow-up.

Supervisors:
Professor Leanne Monterosso
Associate Professor Caroline Bulsara
Professor Max Bulsara