“I have been a nurse for more than 30 years with a background in emergency, psychiatry & hyperbarics. I have worked in Brisbane’s largest trauma units, & in Queensland’s most remote farther reaches as a remote nurse.
I completed a Masters Degree in Emergency Nursing &, since then, have used this to follow my first passion- teaching nurses. I have been a full-time nurse educator for 15 years & regularly take a contract in the remote area or an emergency setting to remain clinically current.
My passion for teaching nurses has given me many opportunities to support nurses in developing their skills & knowledge. I have taught for the Australian College of Emergency Nursing (ACEN) in their popular Trauma Nursing Core Course TNCC (ENA: USA between 2000 -2008) & continue to openly endorse this course despite no longer being affiliated with them.
I began teaching at ECT4Health in 1996 which has offered educational programs to nurses, students and paramedics across Australia & New Zealand for some of Australia’s most prominent organisations.
In 2004, I co-developed the Queensland Health Rural nursing programs called PACS and PEPEN. Published in 2006 in my research interest – Rural and Isolated Practice nursing (RIPERN), and in 2013, I was honoured by being nominated & voted one of Australia’s top 5 most Influential Nurses in an online survey by Nursing Review, & was interviewed by ABC Radio.
I am a clinically active nurse, a self-confessed Trauma Junkie, and as an academic with casual appointments at USQ, I remain a passionate advocate for rural & remote nursing education.
I am always up for a laugh & often crack a few jokes while teaching.”