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The Pulse #8 2022


Dean's Update

College Realignment Process

I am sure the College realignment process that is currently underway is on everyone’s agenda.  If you have feedback, please take advantage of the options for contributing to the conversations. I have received a number of emails that I am collating for review. 


Covid Impact

A number of our staff have been off sick with Covid. It seems that many people who are symptomatic and PCR testing that returns a negative result however days 3-7 days later they are testing positive

despite feeling better that is enabling the spread of this wave of COVID. Please take care, if you feel unwell stay home.


Staff Departures

We have a number of staff who have resigned in the first half of 2022, that include Professor Maree Duddle, Dr Tebbin Koo and Mr Bradley Herbert. Associate Brian Philips is retiring at the completion of long service leave later this month. Please join me in thanking the afore named people and wishing them all the best as they transition to their new circumstances.

Staff recruitment

  Associate Professor Karen Hazell Raine
Associate Professor Karen Hazell Raine

Approximately 20 positions covering professional, academic and research have recently been advertised, a mixture of new and replacement positions.  As new people join our team, a general introductory email to all staff will be sent letting people know who the new person is, where they will be located and their role. 

Dr Karen Hazell Raine accepted a position with us as an Associate Professor.  Karen officially commences at CDU as of the 8th August.  We are very pleased to have Karen join our team.

New partnerships

Jo Finn and Jessica Morrissey have been very active building relationships with stakeholders that include: Ramsay Care (National), Mercy Health Werribee (Vic), Regis Aged Care Group (National) and Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (National), Perth Children’s Hospital (WA), Broome Hospital (WA) and Mawarnkarra Indigenous Services (WA).

Update on New Initiatives

As you know we are working toward establishing our own simulation spaces in Queensland, Victoria and WA.  After a lot of navel gazing and deliberating on nomenclature for these initiatives while recognising that the terms ‘Centre” and ‘Campus’ can’t be used the following has been conceptualised as a working name: "CDU XXXX Education, Research and Simulation Precinct" (XXXX Place e.g. Brisbane, Werribee, Perth)

I would like to hear what you think. You may have some other ideas that we could consider. Please email if you have or if you endorse the current option.


We have received feedback from ANMAC re: the BN.  The report highlights areas of concern that primarily relate to PEP, SimBlock, pre-clinical compliance, preparedness of students for PEP and poor communication with/from Unit Coordinators.  There was also concern raised about curriculum delivery related to pharmacology and mental health. Overall, we are not surprised at what they have flagged and as you know we have already initiated a raft of quality improvements that we have and will continue to implement, monitor, report and renew as required.

Jo will provide more detailed feedback to everyone at the next All of College meeting. An action plan will be developed and a response to ANMAC drafted.

We have confirmation from ANMAC regarding the site visit itinerary related to accreditation of the BMid. Again, information will be shared with everyone on this process as soon as possible.

Changing Weather

It is August already, how did that happen? The weather in Darwin is already promising to be hot, hot and hotter with the humidity levels starting to rise.  Its time to head south!







Concluding remarks

Thank you to everyone for your ongoing contribution.

Stay safe, stay well and stay the course!

Professor Karen Francis
Dean, College of Nursing and Midwifery

College Updates

The 19th National Nurse Education Conference 

The 19th National Nurse Education Conference which will be held from 7-9 June 2023 at the Sea World Resort in the Gold Coast. The committee is working on a stimulating program along the conference theme of Create, Innovate, Energise  and invite submitted papers from you and your members which will do the same. 
An exhibition of related institutions and industry will accompany the conference and the prospectus will be available shortly.  

Please visit the website and Express your Interest to keep up to date with conference progress. 

Cybersecurity training

The Executive Leadership Group (ELG) at CDU has recognised that Cybersecurity training is vital to keeping the university safe from cyber threats and as a result, has made the training mandatory. Be aware that this appears in eCentre as an annual induction item. You have yet to complete your assigned mandatory Cybersecurity training which is to be completed by 02/08/2022 23:59

Please use this link to start your training:

Professional Development

Scholarly activity - What is it and what should we be doing? Prepared by Prof. Professor Karen Francis. Please View here


Message from the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer - Please view here.

Available HDR projects for RTP scholarship intake 2023 (College of Nursing & Midwifery)

Our College has just added a number of projects for RTP scholarship intake 2023

1. Non-pharmacological self-management intervention for improving cardiovascular health and wellbeing in patients with lung cancer and cardiovascular diseases: intervention development and testing

Principal Supervisor: Dr Daniel Liu 

2. Investing in quality simulated learning in nursing (or midwifery) pre-service undergraduate education for best outcomes: An Australian multiple case study design.

Principal Supervisor:  Professor Karen Francis

Some other projects can be viewed here:

Our recently published research papers

  1. Thambiraj, J., Kirshbaum, M. N., Liu, X.L., Waheed, N., & Valery, P. C. (2022). “You feel different in your body”: Experiences of fatigue among children undergoing radiotherapy for cancer treatment. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 67, 7-14. doi: [SCI, 5-Year IF of 2021=2.891, SJR Q1]  
  2. Montayre, J., Alananzeh, I., Bail, K., Barnewall, K., Beament, T., Campbell, S., .......Liu, X.L., .....Tan, J.Y.B., .......Salamonson, Y. (2022). Development and psychometric testing of the gender misconceptions of men in nursing (GEMINI) scale among nursing students. Contemp Nurse, 1-21. doi:10.1080/10376178.2022.2107041 [SCI, 5-Year IF of 2021=2.318, SJR Q2] 
  3. Wang, H.Y., Wang, T., Liu, X.L., & Tan, J.Y.B. (2022). Is breathing exercise effective for pain relief in cancer survivors? Supportive Care in Cancer, 30 (Suppl 1): S17–S18. (Published Conference Proceeding) [SCI, 5-Year IF as of 2021=3.677, JCR(Rehabilitation) Q1] 
  4. Liu, X. L., Huang, Y. Y., Wang, T., Molassiotis, A., Yao, L. Q., Huang, Q. H., Zheng, S. L., & Tan, J. Y. B. (2022). Validation of the Mandarin Chinese version of the Oxford Knee Score in breast cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer, 30 (Suppl 1): S9. (Published Conference Proceeding) [SCI, 5-Year IF as of 2021=3.677, JCR(Rehabilitation) Q1] 
  5. Wang T., Tan, J. Y. B., Zhao I., Polotan M.J., & Eliseeva S. Development and validation of an evidence-based acupressure intervention for fatigue-insomnia-depression symptom cluster in breast cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer (2022) 30 (Suppl 1): S48–S49. (Published Conference Proceeding) [SCI, 5-Year IF as of 2021=3.677, JCR(Rehabilitation) Q1] 
  6. Wang, S., Cheung, D.S.K., Bressington, D., Li, Y., Leung., A.Y.M. (2022). The development of an evidence-based telephone-coached bibliotherapy protocol for improving dementia caregiving appraisal. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2022, 19, 8731. DOI: 10.3390/ ijerph19148731 Impact Factor- 4.61 (Q1).
  7. Ho, KHM., Yang, C., Leung, AKY., Bressington, D., Chien, WT., Cheng, Q., Cheung, DSK. (2022). Peer Support and Mental Health of Migrant Domestic Workers: A Scoping Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2022, 19, 7617. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph19137617.
  8. Hatem, S., Long, J., Best, S., Fehlberg, Z., Nic Giolla Easpaig, B., & Braithwaite, J. (2022). Mobile applications for people with rare diseases: A review and quality assessment using MARS. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 24(7).doi: 10.2196/36691 

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