On the 1 August Singapore celebrated the work and commitment that nurses make. On this date in 1885, 11 French nuns were called to care for sick people at Sepoy General Hospital and this was the beginning of Singapore’s continuing nursing successes. 130 years later, in 2015 more than one out of every two healthcare professionals in Singapore is a nurse. And that is worth celebrating. Paul McLiesh was teaching in Singapore at the Ngee Ann Adelaide Education Centre on the 1 August and got to celebrate with some of the very talented and caring nurses. The Ngee Ann – Adelaide Education Centre is a Partnership between the Ngee Ann Kongsi and the University of Adelaide in which they offer the Bachelor of Nursing (Post Registration) program to nurses currently working throughout Singapore. From everyone in the School of Nursing we wish you a Happy Singapore Nurses Day!

Singapore students celebrating Nurses Day on 1 August

Singapore students celebrating Nurses Day on 1 August

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I am currently in Canada leading the International Learning Collaborative (ILC) Conference, 23rd – 25th June. Established in 2008, the ILC brings like-minded professionals, academics and healthcare nursing leaders together to transform the way we deliver care in high tech environments and to elevate the standard of fundamentals of care around the world. Read more

Nursing graduates from around Australia participated in the Good Universities Guide annual survey and the School of Nursing was rated first in the country for program satisfaction. The ratings show the percentage of nursing graduates who feel positively about the program they recently completed. This is fantastic recognition of our program content and calibre of staff. Read more

The School of Nursing hosted a visit from Dr Barbara Orchard on the 14th April. Barbara is a Medical Alumna of the University of Adelaide and has an interest in the Medical, Nursing and Social aspects of Australian Military History. I sat down with Dr Orchard and School staff to discuss Barbara’s experience as a clinician and her observations of what makes a successful healthcare professional.  Listen to the full conversation.

AMNS update
See the AMNS building take shape from the ground up. Live feeds from the building site at West End show our building grow in real time.

Staffing update
It is with great sadness we farewell Taicea Agnew, our School Business Manager. Taicea has been with us since 2010 and she has made a wonderful contribution to the School. Taicea leaves us at the beginning of July and we welcome Julie Sulda to the role.  I wish Taicea all the best in her new post at Flinders University.

Amy Abela, Clinical Placement and HWA Project Coordinator is also leaving the School at the beginning of July, Amy has been with us for six months and we thank Amy for her contribution to the School and welcome Racheal Kennedy to the role until the end of this year. Since our last update in March we farewell Sheridan Clark, Executive Officer. As Executive Officer, Sheridan provided fantastic support to the School and myself. Both Amy and Sheridan have taken up positions elsewhere in the University so I wish them all the best and I’m sure we will see them around the campus.

We congratulate Tammy Page and Hepsi Jebaraj who have just completed their PhDs. This is an enormous personal achievement. Colleagues recently sat down with Tammy, read more about what she had to say.

Finally, I would like to wish the final year pre-registration nursing students all the very best with their applications for TPPP positions.

Alison Kitson
Dean of Nursing
Head of School

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In May 2015 Tammy Page received notification that her PhD thesis has been accepted by the review panel and we were so proud to hear this news.

We asked Tammy how she is feeling to be awarded her PhD after all her hard work:

A. Relieved, overjoyed, proud and sad (my mum would be soooo proud)

Q. What are your top three observations after completing your research?
A. Goals are made for setting, but sometimes those goals have to be re evaluated. It is a big commitment and can be very challenging dealing with work, study, family and life’s challenges. Persistence is the key as well as a topic that you are passionate about

Q. How will these observations influence your role as Course Coordinator – Master of Clinical Nursing at the School of Nursing?
A. I have a number of students who have expressed interest in being involved in research after they complete their pre-registration program. Identifying those students and their interests and ensuring they know which road to follow upon completion is fundamental to ensuring they return to the school in the future. Sharing my personal experiences with students and the ‘journey’ as well as the contribution that I have made to research in this area can assist others to see research in a different light – a possibility not outside of their realm.

In any teaching referring back to the evidence of any topic is important and I already utilise my own research within those specific topics and others that I teach to the pre-registration students, to highlight how to identify practice concerns; how to examine the literature and identify gaps. I also highlight that even though treatments/practice may be evidence based they need to be taken into context with the patient goals and needs.

Q. Do you have any advice for your fellow HDR students?
A. If you feel that things are not going your way,

Don’t be despondent, don’t despair,
Take a day or two and get some air
Discuss with your supervisors, colleagues and friends
Review your goals and make some bend
Remember the reason you started upon this
Even when you feel like you are looking into an abyss
Move forward one step each day
The path will eventually lead the way
Finally you will see the light
The horizon is in sight

Thank you Tammy, for being an inspiration within the School of Nursing and the community.

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All Nursing students are encouraged to consider the current Resthaven Nursing Scholarships on offer: Resthaven Undergraduate Scholarship in Nursing search website:  Undergraduate – Continuing – Faculty of Health Sciences Undergraduate – Financial Need – Faculty of Health Sciences Resthaven Scholarship in Master of Nursing Science search website:  Postgraduate Coursework – Postgraduate Coursework – Faculty of […]

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On Wednesday 10 June, the School of Nursing hosted a career’s event for final year pre-registration nursing students. Attendance was great and students’ commented on how motivated they felt to put the most into their applications for TPPP positions. We wish them all the very best!  

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The School of Nursing is very pleased with being rated the top Nursing School in Australia for student satisfaction. We may not be the biggest, but it doesn’t mean we can’t be the best! See the Good Universities Guide for more information

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A beautiful poem written by Tara Keenan one of our first year Bachelor of Nursing students. Only two weeks into the start of clinical placement, Tara was looking after a gentleman who had been living independently with his wife. He fell in the shower and banged his head, and passed away 2-3 days later. Tara […]

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School of Nursing students participated in a series of workshops focused on postgraduate research writing skills this semester. The workshops were presented by Dr Cally Guerin from the Researcher Education and Development Unit and offered as an interdisciplinary learning activity together with students of the School of Computer Science. The workshops may be used as […]

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Congratulations to the recipients awarded the HESTA conference scholarships. Well done to: Shareena Bibi Mohd Arif Melissa McRoe Diana Pluker Jovie Decoyna We look forward to sharing their conference experience.

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As part of a larger project, Professor Alison Kitson and Associate Professor Gillian Harvey are working towards designing and testing a sustainable integrated care model for older people living in the Campbelltown Council area. To provide evidence of health need, they conducted a pilot medical record review of older people who live in the Campbelltown […]

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