Faculty of Health

Associate Professor Penny Cash

Penny Cash RN PhD MEdAdmin BEd DipAppSci(NEd) FACN

Phone: (03) 61 3 5327 9248   
Email:  p.cash@federation.edu.au
Room: H 119A
Discipline: Nursing

Teaching areas

  • Nursing knowledge
  • Cultural safety
  • Relational practice

Research interests

  • Environmental and cultural terrains of practice including quality environments and collegial relationships
  • Supporting and sustaining nursing scholarship and the development of novice scholars
  • Post-structural and post-colonial cultural perspectives shaping and shaped by nursing practice, theory and research
  • Arts-based research/scholarship in nursing and health
  • Women's health

Areas of supervision interest

I am interested in the following areas: development of scholarship, collegiality, workplace environments, cultural safety and cultural critiques of identities, women's health and safety, civility, transformational pedagogies, and community development. Methodologies of choice include hermeneutics, critical-feminist, and, postcolonial and postmodern approaches that underpin creative methods such as photovoice, ethnography, ethnomethodology, and other qualitative designs and mixed methods.

Examples of supervised projects:

  • The impact of a difficult birth on mothering over time
  • Nurse educators' common-sense understanding living a core curriculum
  • A hermeneutic approach to explore nurses' meanings of love in practice.
  • The impact these surgical interventions have on women's bodies and their sense of empowerment
  • Workplace incivility',
  • Autopsy, aesthetics and critical care nursing'
  • The illumination of five women's journeys through their mental health: A psychoanalytic perspective

Areas of scholarship: projects/ areas community engagement or service and publications

My doctoral dissertation was titled Women Clinical Nurses' Constructions of Collegiality: An Ethnomethodological Study in which I worked with nurses in an acute care environment trying to access the everyday understandings of practitioners. It remains a substantive interest in all aspects of my scholarship no matter what project it is.

Themes and projects include:

  • Environmental and cultural terrains of practice including quality environments and relationships

Collegial partnerships is an action research project that is examining relationships between what has traditionally been referred to as mentors.

Quality practice environments: As a mixed methods study this project invites respondents and participants to explore the nature of their work environment and measure the alignment of what is important to the practitioner and whether they experience what they consider to be important to them.

  • Supporting and sustaining nursing scholarship and the development of novice scholars

Building scholarship capacity has been a long term community development project

  • Post-structural and post-colonial cultural perspectives shaping and shaped by nursing practice, theory and research

Projects include two on Cultural Safety, Collegiality, Curriculum as Praxis

  • Arts-based research/scholarship in nursing and health

Projects include The meaning of home, Healthcare organizers' agency during and following the Okanagan Mountain Park Fire (2003), creative pedagogies and works of art.

  • Women's health

My focus on women's health has involved areas around domestic violence, mental health, and health care practices in which lesbian and bisexual women engage.

Community engagement

  • Current: Member InspireNet: Co-Chair Nurse Educators' Scholarship Action Team; and, Leadership Action Team
  • Previously: Board Member: Kelowna outreach and information centre for persons who are homeless
  • Previously: Board Member: South Barwon domestic violence services

Publications/reports (selected)

Cash, P.A., Moffitt, P., Fraser, Grewal, S., J., Holmes, V., Mahara, S., Ross, C., Nagel, D., (2013). Writing reflexively to illuminate the meanings in cultural safety. Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 14:6, 825-839. DOI: 10.1080/14623943.2013.836086

Croft, R.K., & Cash, P.A. (2012). Deconstructing contributing factors to bullying and lateral violence in nursing using a postcolonial feminist lens. Contemporary Nurse, 42:2, 226-242.

Cash, P.A., & Tate, B. Fostering scholarship capacity: The experience of nurse educators. Canadian Journal of the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching. 3:1, Article 7. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5206/cjsotl-rcacea/vol3/iss1/7

Cash, P.A., Doyle, R.M., von Tettenborn, L., Daines, D., & Faria, V. (2011). Working with nurse educators' collective wisdom: Implications for recruitment and retention. Nursing Economic$, 29(5), 257-264.

Cash, P.A., Daines, D., Doyle, R., von Tettenborn, L., & Reid, C. (2009). Recruitment and retention of nurse educators: A pilot study of what nurse educators consider important in their workplaces. Nursing Economic$, 27(6), 384-389.

Cash, P.A., Daines, D., Doyle, R., & von Tettenborn, L. (2009). Quality workplace environments for nurse educators: Implications for recruitment and retention. Nursing Economic$, 27(5), 315-321.

Van Den Tillaart, S., Kurtz, D., & Cash, P. (2009). Powerlessness, marginalized identity, and silencing of health concerns for women living with a mental health diagnosis. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 18(3), 153-163.

*Cash, P. & Tate, B. (2008). Creating a community of scholars: Using a community development approach to foster scholarship with nursing faculty. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 5(1), DOI: 10.2202/1548-923X.1454

*Cash, P.A. (2007). I await your apology: A polyphonic narrative interpretation. Journal of Nursing Philosophy, 8, 264-277.

Museum Installation

Murphy, MA. Cash, P., Helfand, F., & Scott, D. (2004). The Meaning of Home and the Okanagan Wildfires, 2003. The Kelowna Museum, British Columbia. August 2004-March 2005. Installation and exhibition. The eleven month exhibition extended by popular demand, at the request of the museum. The exhibition featured artifacts, photographs and voice of families who lost their home in the largest urban wildfire in Canadian history.

Reports

Cash, P., & Tate, E. (2008). Developing Scholarship/Research Capacity with Nurse Educators: Year 3 Final Report. University of British Columbia Okanagan. April, 15 pages.

Cash, P., & Tate. E. (2007). Developing Scholarship/Research Capacity with Nurse Educators: Year 2 Final Report. University of British Columbia Okanagan. Feb. 54 pages.

Tate, E., & Cash, P. (2005). Developing Scholarship/Research Capacity with Nurse Educators: Year One Final Report. Sept. 51 pages.

*Cash, P., Kurtz, D., Van Den Tillaart, S. & Davis, L. (2005). Health, Safety and Workload Challenges of the Okanagan Mountain Fire 2003. University of British Columbia Okanagan. British Columbia, Canada. Sept. 45 pages.