School of Health

Dr. Karen Missen

Phone: (03) 51226635
Email: karen.missen@federation.edu.au
Room: 2W-249, Gippsland Campus
Position: Associate Dean, Teaching Quality

Qualifications

  • RN
  • BHSc
  • Grad Dip (ICU)
  • MHSc (Nse Ed)
  • PhD

Teaching areas

  • High acuity
  • Clinical skills
  • Transition to practice

Professional associations

  • Australian Nurse Teachers Society
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Australian College of Nursing

Grants and awards

Research grants

2021: Porter, JE. Barbagallo, M. Reimers, V. Prokopiv, V. James, M. Dabkowski, E. Coombs, N. Kemel, P. Mesagno, C. Peck, B. Jones, J. Missen, K. Bailey, C. Snell, C. Brito, S. Hopwood, P.  The Latrobe Health Assembly Community programs evaluation. DHHS, Latrobe Health Assembly -$173,866. Successful

2020: Porter, JE. Reimers, V. Barbagallo, M. Prokopiv, V. James, M. Dabkowski, E. Mesagno, C. Peck, B. Jones, J. Missen, K. Bailey, C. Snell, C. and Brito, S. The Latrobe Health Assembly Community Programs Evaluation. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Latrobe Health Assembly (LHA) - $143,866. Successful

2019: Porter, J. Reimers, V. Morgan, D. Missen, K. Prokopiv, V. Development of an Evaluation Model. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Extension grant $122,400. Successful

2018: Missen, K., Beauchamp, A., & Waller, S. Telkaya Project- Very Brief Advice for behavioural change. Enhancing Country Health Outcomes (ECHO) - Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR). $125,200. Successful

2018: Porter, JE, Edmondson, E, Morgan, D. Reimers, V. Missen, K. Whyte, S. Klein, B. Prokopiv, V. Development of an Evaluation Model. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). $389,957. Successful

2011: Cooper, S, Buykx, P., Champion, R., Endacott, R, Kinsman, L., McConnell- Henry, T., Missen, K., & Porter, J. Co-investigator on a project titled: Enhancing rural hospital nurses’ management of patient deterioration- Warragul Hospital project.  West Gippsland Healthcare Group Funded -$18,361. Successful

2010:  Cooper, S, McConnell- Henry, T., Missen, K., & Porter, J.  Co-investigator on a project titled:  Patient Deterioration Management. The aim of this collaborative project was to identify how nurses identify and respond to deteriorating patients during in-hospital simulation exercises and to measure the impact of this experience and the related feedback and training intervention. Funded - $13,500. Successful

2009:  Barnett,T., Jacob, E., Walker,L., Missen, K., & Cross, M. Co-investigator on a DHS funded project titled: Building Capacity for Clinical Placement through IPE (Interprofessional Education). Funded – DHS $200,000. Successful

Teaching grants

2021:  New Colombo Plan Mobility Programme.  Public Health and Diverse Setting for Undergraduate Nursing Students – Nepal.  $66,000. Successful

2016:  New Colombo Plan Mobility Programme.  Public Health and Diverse Setting for Undergraduate Nursing Students – Nepal.  $198,000. Successful

Awards

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Learning and Teaching – Citation for Contributions to Student Learning 2020. Federation University
  • Purple unit award letter from the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) Monash University 2015- Congratulations on an excellent unit evaluation result with a median score of 4.76 of 5
  • The 2014 Annual Monash University Gippsland Student Union (MUGSU) Award-Golden Apple award for Excellence in Teaching-Award Nominee
  • Purple unit award letter from the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) Monash University 2014- Congratulations on an excellent unit evaluation result with a median score of 4.71 out of 5
  • The 2013 Annual Monash University Gippsland Student Union (MUGSU) Award-Golden Apple award for Excellence in Teaching-Award Nominee
  • The 2012 Annual Monash University Gippsland Student Union (MUGSU) Award-Golden Apple award for Excellence in Teaching-Award Nominee
  • Vice-Chancellor's Social Inclusion Award 2012 For significant contribution to supporting the University's commitment to social justice and human rights
  • Monash School of Nursing & Midwifery Staff Award 2011 In recognition of exceptional contribution to the enhancement of the SoNM
  • The 2010 Annual Monash University Gippsland Student Union (MUGSU) Award-Golden Apple award for Excellence in Teaching-Award Nominee

Research interests

  • High acuity nursing
  • Work-readiness of nursing graduates
  • Health promotion
  • Nursing Education
  • Cultural awareness

Supervised projects

Current PhD Supervision

2021: Project title: Assessing fall prevention and implementing strategies for change in a hospital environment

2020: Project title: Exploring the experiences of people with intellectual and developmental disability surgical journey at a Regional Hospital: Multiple Case Study.

2018: Project title: A mixed method study exploring Australian nursing students’ perceptions of the Registered Nurses’ role.

Completed Honours Supervision

2017:  Project title: evaluating Intellectual Disability Nursing efficacy of inpatient patient centred care of individuals with intellectual disabilities: A systematic review.  Completed.

2017:   Project title: A comparison of health literacy between students from regional and metropolitan universities.  Completed.

Publications

Journal articles

Coombs, N., Missen, K., & Allen, L. (2021).  Beyond simulation – extracurricular volunteering in nursing education: A focus group. Nurse Education Today, 96, 104603 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2020.104603

Porter, JE. Peck, B. McNabb, T. & Missen, K. (2020). A review of Code Blue activations in a single Regional Healthcare Service:  A retrospective descriptive study of RISKMan data. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 29 (1-2), 221-227.  https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.15079

Storey, A., Beauchamp, A. Missen, K, Hakman, N, Hanna, L. & Osborne, R. (2020). The association between health literacy and self-rated health amongst Australian University students. Journal of Health Communication. Published online, 333-343. https://doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2020.1761913

Missen, K, Tucker, A & Robinson, A. (2020). Comparative analysis of paper vs online stuttering severity rating scales used in the Lidcombe Program- Pilot study at a Rural Community Health Service. Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 22(2), 95-100.

Bur, J., Missen, K., & Cooper, S. (2020). The impact of Intellectual Disability Nurse Specialists in the United Kingdom and Ireland: A systematic literature review. Nursing Open. https://doi.org/10.1002/nop2.690

Raymond, A., Porter, JE., Missen, K., Larkins, J., de Vent, K. & Redpath, S. (2019). The meaning of ‘worried’ in MET call activations.  Collegian 26(3), 378-382. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2018.11.002

Porter, JE. Cant, R. Missen, K., Raymond, A., & Churchill, A. (2018).  Physical deterioration in an acute mental health unit: A quantitative retrospective analysis of medical emergencies. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 27 (5), 1364-1370. DOI:10.1111/inm.12467

Missen, K., McKenna, L., & Beauchamp, A. (2018). Are we there yet? Graduate readiness for practice, assessment and final examinations. Collegian, 25 (2018), 157-161. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2017.06.006

Missen, K., Porter, J., Raymond, A., de Vent, K. & Larkins, J. (2017). Adult Deterioration Detection System (ADDS): An evaluation of the impact on MET and Code Blue activations in a regional healthcare service. Collegian, 25 (2), 157-161.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2017.05.002

Missen, K., McKenna, L., Beauchamp, A. & Larkins, J. (2016). Qualified nurses’ perception of newly qualified nurses’ abilities vary according to specific demographic and clinical characteristics. Nurse Education Today, 45, 108-113. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2016.07.001

Missen, K., McKenna, L., Beauchamp, A. & Larkins, J. (2016). Qualified nurses’ rate new nursing graduates as lacking competence in key clinical areas. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25 (15-16), 2134-2143. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13316

Missen, K., McKenna, L., & Beauchamp, A. (2016). Registered nurses’ perceptions of new nursing graduates’ clinical competence: A systematic integrative review. Nursing and Health Sciences, 18(2), 143-153. June 2016. doi: 10.1111/nhs.12249

Missen, K., McKenna, L., & Beauchamp, A. (2016). Graduate Nurse Program Coordinators’ perspectives on graduate nurse programs in Victoria, Australia: A descriptive qualitative approach. Collegian.23 (2), 201-208. doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2015.03.004.

McConnell-Henry, T., Cooper, S., Endacott, R., Porter, J., Missen, K., & Sparkes, L. (2015). Designing a medical records review tool: An instructional guide. Contemporary Nurse. 50 (1), 72-79. doi: 10.1080/10376178.2015.1010260

Missen, K., McKenna, L., & Beauchamp, A. (2015). Work readiness of nursing graduates: Current perspectives of Graduate Nurse Program Coordinators. Contemporary Nurse, 51 (1), 27-38. doi: 10.1080/10376178.2015.1095054

Missen,K. (2014). Here they come, ready or not. Graduate nurse programmes ease the way into work for newly qualified nurses in Australia. Nursing standard.29 (6): 66

Missen, K., McKenna, L. & Beauchamp, A. (2014). Role adaptation experienced by nursing graduates in their first year of practice. A descriptive qualitative approach. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. 4(12): 134-141. doi:10.5430/jnep.v4n12p134

Missen, K., McKenna, L., & Beauchamp, A. (2014). Satisfaction of newly graduated nurses enrolled in transition to practice programs in their first year of employment: A systematic review. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 70 (11), 2419-2433. doi:10.1111/jan.12464

McKenna, L., Missen, K., Cooper, S., Bogossian, F., Bucknall, T., & Cant, R. (2014). Situation awareness in undergraduate nursing students managing simulated patient deterioration. Nurse Education Today,34 (2014) e27-e31. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2013.12.013

Birks, M., Missen, K., Al-Motlaq, M.,Marino, E. (2014). Babies and machines that go 'beep': First year nursing students' preferred areas of future practice. International Journal of Nursing Practice. 20:353-359. doi:10.111/ijn.12162.

Porter, J., Morphett, J., Missen, K. & Raymond, A. (2013). Preparation for high acuity clinical placement: Confidence levels of final year nursing students. Advances in Medical Education and Practice 2013:4 83-89

Missen, K., Sparkes, L., Porter,J., Cooper,S. & McConnell-Henry,T.(2013). Developing Team based acute care scenarios: A rural hospital experience. International Emergency Nursing.21 (3),186-189. DOI: 10.1016/j.ienj.2012.08.002

Endacott, R., Scholes, J., Cooper, S., McConnell-Henry, T., Porter, J., Missen, K., Kinsman, L., Champion, R. (2012). Identifying patient deterioration: using simulation and reflective review to improve clinical skills in a rural hospital. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 49 (6), 710-717. Doi: 10.1016/l.ijnurstu.2011.11.018.

Missen,K., Jacob,E., Barnett,T., Walker,L., & Cross,M. (2012). Interprofessional clinical education: clinicians' views on the importance of leadership. Collegian 19, 189-195. doi:10.1016/j.colegn.2011.10.002

Kinsman, L. Chapman, R. Buykx, P. Cooper, S. Porter, J. Endacott, R. McConnell-Henry, T. Missen, K., (2012). The First2Act simulation program improves nursing practice in a rural Australian hospital. Australian Journal of Rural Health (2012) 20, 270-274. Doi:10.1111/j.1440-1584.2012.01296.x

Cooper, S., Cant, R., Porter, J., Missen, K., Sparkes, L., McConnell-Henry, T. & Endacott, R. (2012). Managing patient deterioration: assessing teamwork and individual performance. Emergency Medical Journal, published online May 19, 2012. Doi:10.1136/emermed-2012-2-1312

Buykx, P., Missen, K., Cooper, S., Porter, J. McConnell-Henry, T., Cant, R. Kinsman, L., Endacott, R. & Scholes, J. (2012). Emergency management training boosts nurse confidence. Australian Nursing Journal, February 12, Vol. 14 (7), p. 43

Cooper, S., McConnell-Henry, T., Porter, J., Missen, K., Kinsman, L., Endacott, R., Champion, R., & Cant, R. (2012). Managing deteriorating patients: Registered nurses' performance in a simulated setting (Abstract from the SIMHEALTH 2011 conference). Journal of the International Society for Simulation in Healthcare

Jacob, E., Barnett, T., Missen, K., Cross, M., & Walker, L. (2012). Australian clinician's views on interprofessional education in the rural clinical setting. Journal of Research in Interprofessional Education, Vol. 2.2. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22230/jripe.2012v2n2a68

Barnett, T., Jacob, E., Walker, L., Missen, K., & Cross, M. (2011). Expanding clinical placement capacity in rural hospitals: Displacing Peta to place Paul. Nurse Education Today. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2011.08.013

Cooper S., McConnell-Henry T., Cant, R., Porter J., Missen K., Kinsman, L., Endacott R., & Scholes J. (2011) Managing deteriorating patients: Registered nurses' performance in a simulated setting. The Open Nursing Journal, 2011, 5: 120-126 DOI:10.2174/18744346011050100120

Francis, K., Mills, J., Birks, M., Porter, J. & Missen, K., (2011) Nursing in remote or isolated areas of Queensland: Role, resources and readiness for practice. In L.V. Bernhardt, (Ed.), Advances in Medicine and Biology (Volume 26), 265-275. New York: Nova Publications

Published research reports

Barnett, T., Cross, M., Jacob, E., Walker, L., Missen, K., & Shahwan- Akl,L. (2010). Building Capacity for Clinical Placements and Interprofessional Learning (IPL), Final Report April 2010. OCLC Monash University, Churchill, Victoria, Australia.

Barnett, T., Cross, M., Jacob, E., Walker, L., Missen, K. & Shahwan-Akl, L. (2010, January) Building Capacity for Clinical Placements and Interprofessional Learning (IPL): Goulburn Valley Health, Final Report, OCLC, Monash University.

Barnett, T., Cross, M., Jacob, E., Walker, L. & Missen, K. (2010, April) Building Capacity for Clinical Placements and Interprofessional Learning (IPL): Central Gippsland Health Service, Final Report, OCLC, Monash University.

Barnett, T., Cross, M., Jacob, E., Walker, L., Missen, K. & Shahwan-Akl, L. (2010, April) Building Capacity for Clinical Placements and Interprofessional Learning (IPL): Bendigo Health, Final Report, OCLC, Monash University.

Francis, K., Mills, J., Birks, M., Henderson, S., Chapman, Y., Jones, J., Biggs, J., Porter, J. & Missen, K (2010) Nursing in remote or isolated areas of Queensland: A multiple case study. RAN project

Book Chapter

Missen, K & Byfieldt, N. Chapter 10:  Being practice ready. Book titled:  Registered Nurse Transition to Practice.  Oxford University Press, 2021

Online learning Program

Missen, K., Beauchamp, A. & Waller, S. 2020.  Healthy CHAT: The opportunistic advice given to individuals on unhealthy lifestyle behaviours.
Access at: http://healthychat.org.au/