Linda Deravin

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Associate Professor Linda Deravin

RN, BN, GradCertHlthInfo(EHealth), GradCertAnaesRecN, GradDipGerontNurs, MHM, FACHSM

Head of School, School of Nursing, Paramedicine and Healthcare Sciences
Building 1293 Room 301

Linda is a proud Wiradjuri woman who has over 30 years' experience in the nursing profession and has a wide range of nursing expertise having worked in specialities such as aged care, primary health care, emergency care, peri-operative care, forensic nursing, leadership and nursing management. Linda has experience in both the public and private sector of the health industry. Currently Linda is the Head of School, Nursing, Paramedicine and Healthcare Sciences at Charles Sturt University. Prior to joining the Charles Sturt team, Linda worked for over 15 years in senior nursing leadership and management roles ranging from Nurse Unit Manager to District Director of Nursing and Midwifery. Linda has a keen interest in Indigenous health and nursing workforce issues and completed a PhD on this topic through Charles Sturt University (CSU). Linda has multiple qualifications in nursing and affirms a strong commitment to health education and building a skilled health workforce for the future.

Linda joined the Charles Sturt University academic staff on a full time basis in 2015. Currently Linda is the Head of School for the School of Nursing, Paramedicine and Healthcare Sciences within the Faculty of Science and Health at Charles Sturt.  Linda's contribution to teaching and learning at the university level is demonstrated in the following ways;

  • Leading and developing curriculum for undergraduate and post graduate courses
  • Convening and teaching into courses at the undergraduate and post graduate level
  • Utilising a range of teaching strategies to support student learning within the online and face to face environment
  • Participating in ongoing professional development as a way to discover new and innovative ways to teach which support student learning in a range of environments

Linda has taught in and has an interest in the following areas of nursing: rural and remote health, nursing leadership and management, nursing workforce and organisational culture, Indigenous health, aged care, palliative care, chronic care, nursing research, practice development, and disaster management.

A highlight of Linda's career in academia has been the publication of the textbook – Chronic Care Nursing: A framework for practice. This textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the role of the nurse in dealing with chronic conditions across a variety of health care settings in Australia and New Zealand. This textbook was developed to support undergraduate nurses to understand the complexity of this area of nursing and how this applies to practice.

Linda has a keen interest in nursing and health research and is pursuing this further by undertaking PhD studies in Indigenous nursing workforce and education. Other research projects that Linda has been involved in and/or is currently participating in are:

  • 2020 - Indigenist Health and Cultural Safety Education Research Consortium: Decolonising Nursing and Midwifery
  • 2019 - Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Nursing and Midwifery workforce mentoring program in a rural NSW Local Health District
  • 2016- Management of palliative care in Multipurpose Health Services (MPS)- CSU
  • 2015 -2016– Analysis of identified clinical handover incidents in a rural and regional setting- CSU and WNSWLHD
  • 2015- First year undergraduate nurses experiences of wearing uniforms whilst undertaking simulated clinical skills within nursing laboratories: A cohort comparison study CSU
  • 2014 - Caring for people who have a life limiting illness project – CSU
  • 2013 - Nursing stress and satisfaction outcomes resulting from implementing a team nursing model of care in a rural setting- WNSWLHD and CSU
  • 2012 to current - PhD: Does policy support Indigenous people to enter, remain and advance in Nursing? - A Discourse Analysis- CSU
  • 2009 - 2011 - Developing an effective workplace culture through Practice Development - UTS and GWAHS

Linda was awarded a Fellowship of the Australasian College of Health Service Management in 2012 and continues to be an active member by providing mentorship to future health mangers through the ACHSM Mentorship Program. Linda has been a part of this program since 2011.

Linda is also a reviewer for professional research journals such as Collegian and the Australian Journal of Primary Health.

Linda also demonstrates her commitment to rural nursing by being a member of the following professional organisations:

  • Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives, CATSINaM
  • Leaders in Indigenous Nurses and Midwives Educators Network (LINMEN)
  • Australian College of Nursing
  • International Council of Nurses: Rural and Remote Nursing Network
  • Rural Nursing Organisation

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