RN, GradDipCPN, MNS, PhD
Eileen commenced her nursing career as a generalist at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne and followed through with her Basic Psychiatric Nursing qualifications at Mayday Hills Hospital, Beechworth, Victoria. Over the years since qualifying as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and working for 10 years in the psychiatric clinical setting, Eileen has attained the degrees in Post Graduate Diploma in Community Psychiatric Nursing (La Trobe University), Master of Nursing Science (La Trobe University), and PhD (Adelaide University).
Eileen has been in Academia since 2002 where she was a Senior Lecturer with La Trobe University, Albury/Wodonga campus and more recently as Assistant Professor with the University of Canberra. Eileen's roles within the University sector are: Clinical Director of Nursing, Masters Coursework Coordinator, Honours Coordinator, Post Graduate Mental Health Subject Coordinator, Coordinator Bachelor of Nursing Mental health Major: Promoting Mental Health; Child and Adolescent Nursing and Psychiatric Geriatric Nursing. Her lecturing component includes lecturing into all levels of Undergraduate, Post Graduate and Higher Degree levels.
Eileen's area of research expertise is in Action Research and examined stressors in rural and remote community mental health teams which contribute to workplace burnout using this methodology for her PhD.
Eileen has contributed to research, teaching and learning in the tertiary education context in a number of ways. This has included Universities in Vitoria and the Australian Capital Territory.
These are reflected in:
Improved Best Practice Care for Related Mental Health Needs of Aged Care Residents Within Community and Residential Aged Care Facilities.
Queensland floods: experience of nurses who assisted.
Reducing harm from alcohol. Two birds with one stone: brief intervention for hazardous and/or harmful alcohol consumption during sexual health consultations with rural young people.
Outcomes from the development, trial and evaluation of a mental health screening and referral clinical pathway for community nursing care.
Partnership: Department of Veteran Affairs
The PACT Project: improving communication at handover.
Partnership: Australian Commission on Safety in Health Care & Ramsay Group Albury/Wodonga Private Hospital
Action Research in Preventing Workplace Burnout In Rural Remote Community Mental Health Nursing
Action Research in Workplace Burnout Prevention
Best text in the tertiary (wholly Australian) teaching and learning category
Edward, K-L., Munro, I., Robins, A., Welch, A. (Eds) (2011). Mental Health Nursing Dimensions Of Praxis (2nd Ed). Melbourne, Oxford.