After nearly a decade as a hospital-based nurse educator I changed direction and commenced working as a lecturer at the University of Newcastle in 2003. Since then I have been an active researcher and passionate educator. I’ve also 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.

At the beginning of 2017 I accepted the position of Professor of Nursing Education and Discipline Lead for Nursing at the University of Technology Sydney which has been a wonderfully exciting experience. I am also an Adjunct Professor at CQUniversity, Conjoint Professor at The University of Newcastle,  and Visiting Professor at Keele University in the UK.

Program of Research 

Although healthcare professionals are committed to evidenced based practice this has, for the most part, not translated to a rigorous examination of educational practices and outcomes. My program of research is designed to inform, influence and potentially improve patient outcomes, to improve the quality of teaching and learning for healthcare students, and to evaluate the effectiveness of curricula interventions.

My research interests include: patient safety, clinical reasoning, cultural competence, mindfulness, interprofessional education, empathy, simulation, belongingness, 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 students and early career researchers to achieve excellence in educational research. I am also the Assistant Editor of Clinical Simulation in Nursing and a member of the Editorial Board for Nurse Education Today and NursingPlus Open

I have been awarded over 3.5 million dollars in grant funding including a number of Category 1 OLT and ALTC grants. Since 2004 I have had nearly 200 publications, including peer-reviewed journal papers, authored books, edited books, book chapters and reports. I have also presented at over 200 conferences. As of November 2017 my Google Scholar h-index was 33 and Scopus h-index 26.

I have been the recipient of nine research awards and eleven 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).

The only way to do great work is to love what you do ~ Steve Jobs’.

Over the years I have had the privilege of teaching thousands of students, working with gifted, committed and inspirational educators, and undertaking research designed to ‘make a difference’ …  and I am fortunate to be able to say, I really love what I do.