RN, BN, MPhil Candidate
Deb completed a Bachelor of Nursing at CSU Bathurst campus in 1993. Deb moved to Sydney after graduation and worked in a range of acute care settings including recovery, emergency and surgery. In more recent years Deb has worked in medical education and project management in Primary Health Care contexts. In 2008 Deb commenced as a sessional staff member at CSU Bathurst, transitioning to a permanent position in 2015. Deb is currently completing a Master of Philosophy (Science) through a CSU Postgraduate Research Scholarship, awarded in 2016. Her thesis has been submitted for examination. Deb is also an amateur nursing historian, with a focus on nursing in World War One.
Deb primarily teaches third and first year subjects in the Bachelor of Nursing and has a special interest in the transition to tertiary study. Deb is also interested in the use of learning technologies to optimise students' learning experience.
Thesis topic "The evaluation of a peer mentoring program for first year undergraduate nursing students: an Action Research study".
Supervisors: Associate Professor David Stanley and Professor Linda Shields
This project evaluates a Peer Mentoring Program to be trialled in Session 1 2016.
The aim of this research is to evaluate whether a peer mentoring program (PMP) within an undergraduate nursing degree has a positive impact on academic self – efficacy in mentors and mentees.
Research Assistant for "First year undergraduate nurses experiences in wearing uniforms whilst undertaking simulated clinical skills within nursing laboratories: A cohort comparison study". Lead Researchers – Karen Stanley and Maryanne Podham. Project awarded a Learning and Teaching Grant 2015.
Lead Researcher for "Developing strong self- efficacy in undergraduate nursing students through the application of a transitional subject", with Dr Judith Anderson and Ms Krishna Lambert. Project awarded a Learning and Teaching Grant 2014.