Wednesday, April 30, 2014

International Nurses Day Breakfast - Tuesday 6 May (Cairns)

ACN QLD Far North Region: International Nurses Day and International Day of the Midwife combined breakfast

Informatics and Nursing: what does the future hold?

Speaker: Glynda Summers FACN; Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery – Informatics,
Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service.

Date: Tuesday, 6 May 2014  |  Time: 7:00am – 9:00am
Venue: Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns, Crystal Twig Room,
209-217 Abbott Street, Cairns QLD

Cost: $25.00 per person

Indigenous Futures Lead Dr Lynore Geia #IHMayDay Indigenous Health Tweet Fest - 1 May

The final #IHMayDay program for tomorrow (Thursday 1st May) has been posted on the Croakey Blog site (extract following):

As previously covered at Croakey, this Thursday (tomorrow) has been declared a day of action and listening on Twitter on all matters to do with the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  Croakey readers are invited to follow the discussions at #IHMayDay. Also@Croakeyblog will aim to provide thorough Twitter coverage, and will only be RT-ing tweets carrying the hashtag #IHMayDay tomorrow.  The idea is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to share their views and knowledge about some of the wide-ranging issues affecting health, and for non-Indigenous people to participate by RT-ing and listening.  The event is timely given predicted cuts to Indigenous programs predicted for the Federal Budget.  The day’s discussions will be moderated by James Cook University nursing academic Dr Lynore Geia – who had the idea for the event and who is also tweeting this week for @IndigenousX (read more here in her profile at The Guardian).

Saturday, April 26, 2014

A New Generation of Qualitative Researchers: NYU College of Nursing - 12 May

In this invited seminar, A/Prof Jane Mills and Prof Melanie Birks will discuss key debates in qualitative research which differ globally. Generational difference is one way of explaining the origins of different debates and issues in qualitative research. Using Mannheim’s theory of generational difference, contrasting positions on these debates are will be examined in this seminar. Within each generation there are generational units who have concrete bonds that give voice to particular issues of concern. Important issues for each generational category will be identified and discussed in relation to the literature. Future directions for qualitative research will also considered. As we move into the future, translating qualitative research findings into the language of interventions and implementation is becoming more important. Assessing the impact of qualitative research equates to examining what was done, why it was done, what difference it made and how the research made it happen. This lecture will identify the challenges implicit in grappling with the concept of impact as a qualitative researcher, while offering some suggested solutions.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Social Media Workshop - International Nurses Day Event - 12 May (Townsville)


The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Qld Far North Region invites you to attend the following event:


Speakers: Matthew Dunn, Digital Communications Specialist, Digital Editor, Townsville Bulletin;
Irene Jacovos, Senior Public Affairs Officer, Townsville Hospital 
Date: Monday, 12 May 2014 - Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm 
Venue: Robert Douglas Auditorium Townsville Hospital 100 Angus Smith Drive, Douglas
Parking: $5 for non Q-Health employees

Please RSVP to  
This event will earn 1.5 CPD hours towards your professional development.

Registrations close Friday, 2 May 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

National Nurses Breakfast - International Nurses Day - Monday 12 May (Townsville)

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Qld Far North Region, James Cook University (JCU) and The Townsville Hospital (TTH) invite you to attend the following event:


Speaker: Shannon Preuss MACN (Student), Student Nurse Yr3, James Cook University 
Date: Monday, 12 May 2014 - Time: 7.30am 
Venue: Jamaica Blue Café, Clinical Practice Building, JCU Townsville campus.
Cost: Each person pays for their own breakfast.

International Nurses Day
International Nurses Day (IND) is a chance to celebrate nurses and their contribution to the health of society. Each year, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) chooses a theme for International Nurses Day discussions. The IND theme for 2014 is Nurses: A Force for Change – A vital resource for health. 

To celebrate IND 2014, we will again be holding the ACN National Nurses Breakfast! Collectively, breakfasts are to be held across Australia, linked in together to participate in the ACN National Nurses Breakfast. 

Please RSVP to 

Registrations close Friday, 2 May 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Anti-Bullying Workshop: Australian College of Nursing Event - 7 May (Townsville)

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Qld Far North Region invites you to attend the following event being held in May:

Anti-Bullying Workshop

Date: Wednesday, 7 May 2014: 3:30pm-5:30pm
Venue: Nursing Science Building, James Cook University Townsville Campus: 
Building 25, Level 2, Room 236.

The Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research is proud to promote the work of its members in the area of anti-bullying. Following on from their recent publication in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, the team are facilitating the first of a series of workshops to address this topical issue. We look forward to welcoming nurses and midwives to this event.

Dr Melanie Birks FACN, Professor of Nursing, Teaching and Learning, James Cook University
Dr Lea Budden FACN, Senior Lecturer, James Cook University
Dr Tanya Park MACN, Senior Lecturer, James Cook University
Ms Tracy Bagley, Clinical Manager, James Cook University

$10 Members
$15 Non-members

Register for this event here
(Please email to report any registration issues)

This event will earn 2 CPD hours towards your professional development

Registrations close Friday, 2 May 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

THRU Research Presentation: Mixed Methods Research - 23rd April (Townsville)

The Tropical Health Research Unit is hosting a Research Presentation titled ‘Mixed Methods Research’ by Dr Veronica Swallow of The University of Manchester, UK. The presentation will be in Building 25, Room 002 (Nursing Sciences) on Wednesday 23rd April at 9:00am. All are welcome and registrations are not required.

Dr Swallow is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at The University of Manchester, UK, and is an expert in research into chronic diseases in children, for which she uses complicated mixed methods techniques.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Public Lecture: The Use of Simulation in Nursing Education – April 28 (Cairns)

The use of simulation in nursing education has increased exponentially over the past decade and is now considered best practice around the world.

In this public lecture, Associate Professor Jane Mills will link past and present practice in the use of simulation in education and illustrate the different approaches used with examples from contemporary nursing curricula.

Date: Monday 28 April, 5.30-6.30pm
Location: Crowther Theatre, Building A3, Room A3.2, James Cook University, Cairns

James Cook University, Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research director, Associate Professor Jane Mills, is an internationally-recognised grounded theorist with a background in community nursing practice.

Associate Professor Jane Mills is an established expert in nursing education, rural and remote nursing, leadership, mentoring and workforce development, with more than 100 peer reviewed publications, including journal articles, book chapters and books.  Her recent publications include, Qualitative Methodology: a practical guide and Grounded Theory: a practical guide, co-authored with Professor Melanie Birks, have been particularly well received.

Register at

This Public Lecture is brought to you by the Faculty of Medicine, Health & Molecular Sciences, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition in conjunction with the FNQ Community, Practice Nurse Association (CAPNA) and The Australia College of Nursing.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Professorial Inaugural Lecture - Prof Melanie Birks - 6 May (Townsville)

The School invites you to attend a Professorial Inaugural Lecture by Professor Melanie Birks to be held in The Raffles Room at Rydges Southbank Palmer Street, South Townsville, Tuesday 6 May 2014 commencing at 6:00 pm.

The past, present and future of nursing education in Australia

Nursing is very much a barometer of society.  Peaks and troughs in the development of the profession can be traced to major events in history.  Periods of war, industrial and technological revolutions, globalisation, have all made their mark on the societies to which nurses provide a crucial service.  The system of education of nurses has evolved in response to the milestones of history, thus ensuring the successful adaptation of a profession that meets the needs of the individuals and communities they serve.  This lecture will reflect on the early history of nurse ‘training’ in Australia, debate the transfer of nursing education to the tertiary sector, examine the rapid and significant changes to the regulation and education of nurses in recent years, and consider the implications for educators of nurses in the face of challenges in the decades to come.

All Welcome. Light refreshments will be served after the lecture


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Welcome Dr Lynore Geia to JCU Nursing & Midwifery

Dr Lynore Geia
Dr. Lynore Geia has recently joined the academic staff at SNMN as Senior Lecturer and CNMR Indigenous Futures Research Lead.

Dr. Geia completed her PhD within the School, supervised by the late Emeritus Professor Barbara Hayes and Professor Kim Usher.

Dr. Geia is a Palm Island woman, and is passionate about developing an effective praxis in nursing and midwifery between research, education, practice and their impact on health; in particular in Closing the Gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island health. Dr. Geia is a registered nurse and midwife with a family centered health and research focus.

We welcome Lynore as a valued member of our School.

THRU Ethics Rounds - Thursday 10 April