Issue 1
Monday, 04 March 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Associate Professor of Nursing, Dr Haakan Strand has joined CDU as course coordinator for the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
Associate Professor of Nursing, Dr Haakan Strand has joined CDU as course coordinator for the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

Expert boost for Nurse Practitioners

An international nursing expert is redesigning CDU's Nurse Practitioner course.

Associate Professor of Nursing, Dr Haakan Strand has joined CDU’s College of Nursing and Midwifery as course coordinator for the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner).

The appointment was made in close collaboration with the Chief Nurse for Northern Territory Health, Sue Hawes.

Dr Strand’s key focus will be re-designing the Nurse Practitioner curriculum to ensure it meets the needs of key health system players such as the Northern Territory Department of Health.

Nurse Practitioners have an advanced clinical role beyond the scope of a Registered Nurse (RN), including assessment and management of clients, direct referral of patients to other health care professionals, prescribing medications and ordering diagnostic investigations. Dr Strand said he hoped to boost the uptake of this critical role within the NT.

“The new course will have an emphasis on primary health care,” Dr Stand said.

Originally from Sweden, Dr Strand is a researcher with a strong educational background. He was drawn to nursing by his passion for caring and became an RN in the early ’80s. He became a Nurse Anaesthetist a few years later, first in the theatre and later in ambulance helicopters. He also delivered Advanced Life Support and other critical care training. 

In 1999, Dr Strand was approached by the prestigious Karolinska Institutet, a medical university in Sweden, to work as postgraduate coordinator and course developer for ambulance nurses and nurse anaesthetists. Thus began his career in academia.

Dr Strand moved to Australia in 2005. Since then he has completed a Master of Nurse Practitioner and a PhD in chronic disease management including self-management. Before moving to CDU, he was the program convenor for the Master of Nurse Practitioner Studies at the University of Queensland.

As a Nurse Anaesthetist, Dr Strand worked independently and made decisions about patient care and treatment, which aligns well with the Nurse Practitioner role.

“Both are advanced practice roles,” he said.

“The Nurse Practitioner role is perfect for primary healthcare as well as acute care.”

The new Nurse Practitioner course is undergoing internal and external reviews with the first intake planned for Semester 1, 2020.

To register interest in CDU’s new Nurse Practitioner course, contact E: haakan.strand@cdu.edu.au.