School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions


Excellence in practice – Health literacy, workforce development and safety

Excellence in clinical practice is a core component of the School's work with many researchers working in the field and achieving Category 1 funding. This includes development of the clinical educators' role (Jeong-Ah Kim); nursing roles in bereavement care (Anita Raymond et al); work readiness; 'nursing as a career' (Anita Raymond et al); health literacy (Andrew Smith et al) and anxiety effects on emergency care performance (Simon Cooper). In addition there is a focus on mental health research ; Enrolled Nurse scope of practice (Wendy Penney et al); indigenous student recruitment and retention (Penny Cash and Wendy Penney) and historical perspectives on healthcare. Farm and family health (Andrew Smith) features strongly in the School's profile as does healthcare career choices (Catherine Chung, Ainsley James et al); inter-professional collaboration (Penny Paliadelis et al) and nursing role autonomy (Clare Cole). The understanding of clinical decision making through eye tracking technology is also a recent innovation (Simon Cooper).

Health professional education – Preparation for practice clinical simulation and history

Preparation for practice is an essential component of any nursing school and one in which staff excel at Federation University. Innovative clinical education approaches and evaluation (Carolyn Bailey et al), clinical practice and feedback approaches (Jan Jones, Judith Lyons, Louise Allen et al) and peer learning (Anita Raymond and Swapnali Gazula) are a key interest. Many staff have developed and tested a range of clinical simulation approaches with the completion of nationally funded projects in midwifery simulation and emergency care (Simon Cooper et al; Jenny Mee; Clare Cole). Expertise is also available in genetics education (Phil Warelow) and storytelling for education (Penny Paliadelis) whilst the School is a leading centre for the development of nursing scholarship.