From the Head of School – June 2012

Recently we celebrated International Nurses Day on Tuesday 8 May. The School held its annual bbq proudly sponsored this year by Maxxia. The Maxxia International Nurses Day BBQ saw many students come on campus for the event and we were delighted to see so many of our students in attendance. You can view all the photos in our photo gallery. International Nurses Day is a day that we all celebrate every year; it is a day to honour your contribution to nursing and the community.

We also celebrated our recent graduates at the School’s Badge Ceremony. This was the time to award and celebrate all the wonderful achievements of students who have completed their degree. You can view all the photos in our photo gallery. I congratulate all of you on your recent graduation and now you can celebrate your degree and reaffirm your commitment to your profession of nursing.

Since March, we have welcomed some new lecturers in the Bachelor of Nursing program including:

  • Amy Donnell
  • Bree Coombe
  • Laura McPhillips
  • Vanessa Stone

Unfortunately, we have also said goodbye to a couple of staff. In April we said farewell to John Wilson. We thank John for his contribution as a Clinical Tutor in the Bachelor of Nursing program. We will also miss John’s photography skills around the School. In May, we wished Kirstie Howland all the best for the upcoming arrival of baby number two. Kensi Howland was born on 21 June, arriving early for Kirstie and her family! In July, we sadly say farewell to Alex Chan. Alex joined us two years ago to work in the postgraduate cardiac program; he then took on the role of international lecturer working alongside Tiffany Conroy teaching in the Bachelor of Nursing (Post-Registration) program in Singapore. Alex’s passion for teaching and the student experience will be missed and we thank him for his very valuable contribution.

Also in April, I was delighted to host the Adelaide Thinkers in Residence, Dr Alexandre Kalache. Whilst at the University of Adelaide Dr Kalache gave an engaging and inspiring lecture to first year Bachelor of Nursing students on the ageing population.

Once again, the School was delighted to have Professor Alison Tierney in residence. Professor Tierney, an Adjunct Professor of the School, joined us early May for a week. Alison joined us the same time last year and we were very happy to have her return and continue along with our strong partnership. Whilst in residence, Alison sat down with our staff to answer some questions which you can read about here.

In April, we sadly had to say bon voyage to our friend and research colleague Dr Gill Harvey after three months of her spending time in the School. Gill had joined us from the University of Manchester and we were delighted to share in her expertise and skills

The official launch of the Robin Warren Clinical Skills Laboratory went off with TV cameras, students and special guests in attendance on Thursday 24 May. This exciting new facility enables the integration of theory and practice for medical and nursing students. It is an essential skills acquisition space for nursing students to develop their passion and skills for a successful nursing career.

Professor Alison Kitson
Head of School

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