After nearly a decade as a hospital-based nurse educator I changed direction and commenced working as lecturer at the University of Newcastle in 2003. I have had wonderful mentors and exciting opportunities as an educator. As a result I’ve received nine research and ten teaching awards, including an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Award for Teaching Excellence (2010); a NSW Minister for Education and Training Quality Teaching Award (2007); and a Pearson/Australian Nurse Teacher Society Nurse Educator of the Year Award (2011).

My program of research focuses on examining the impact of health professional education on patient outcomes and evaluating the effectiveness of curricula interventions. It is designed to inform, influence and potentially improve health care outcomes; and improve the quality of teaching and learning for health professional students.

My research interests include: patient safety, clinical reasoning, cultural competence, interprofessional education, empathy, and the student experience (including preparation for practice, transition and retention). I have expertise in mixed methods designs, evaluation studies, systematic reviews, cross-sectional surveys, Delphi technique, cost-benefit analysis, and experimental designs. I am committed to collaborative research and supporting research higher degree students and early career researchers to achieve excellence in educational research.

I’ve had over 150 publications including peer-reviewed journal papers, books, book chapters and reports. I’ve also presented at over 200 conferences and have been awarded more than two million dollars in grant funding.

Since becoming an academic I’ve held a number of governance positions including Program Convenor, Director of Clinical Education, Deputy Head of School (Teaching & Learning), Deputy President of Academic Senate, and Director of the Research Centre for Health Professional Education. I’m currently the Professor of Nursing Education and Discipline Lead at UTS, Sydney.

Steve Jobs said …’the only way to do great work is to love what you do’. Over the years I have had the privilege of teaching thousands of students, working with gifted, committed and inspirational educators, and undertaking research that ‘makes a difference’ … I am fortunate to be able to say, I really love what I do.