Prestigious awards for Nursing PhD Students

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Publication Date

Winter 15-7-2010

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The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus

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Karen Clark-Burg and Pamela O’Nions, both PhD nursing students studying at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus, have received State recognition for their contribution to nursing education.

Ms Clark-Burg has been awarded the Department of Health’s Helen Bailey Scholarship. The annual scholarship, established in 1971, is in honour and recognition of Western Australian nurse Helen Bailey’s remarkable contribution to the advancement of nursing education in WA. Among many achievements, Ms Bailey was the inaugural education officer for Royal Perth Hospital.

Ms Clark-Burg said it was an honour to be presented with this prestigious scholarship.

“It is especially meaningful because it recognises not only my research study but my ongoing commitment to the nursing profession through the education of our future nurses. There is very little written about the complex role of clinical nurse managers, more specifically, the study will explore their decision making in managing nursing staff and resources in hospitals around WA. This scholarship will allow me to undertake this research to my fullest potential,” she said.

Ms O’Nions has been awarded the WA Nurses and Midwives Board’s Margaret J O Watson Award which provides an opportunity for nurses or midwives to showcase their innovation and vision for the future of the professions.
The award was established in recognition of Margaret Jean Osborne Watson’s outstanding work as a clinician and ambassador to the professions of nursing and midwifery in WA.

On receiving her award, Ms O’Nions explained that the award would allow her to take dedicated leave to start data collection and analysis for her research which seeks to understand why nurses stay in Nursing.

“I am very excited about this research which will contribute to industry and academia in developing strategies to enhance workforce in light of the impending workforce shortage,” she said.

Dean of the University’s Fremantle School of Nursing, Professor Selma Alliex was delighted with the success of the students.

“As Dean of the School of Nursing and their supervisor, I am very proud of the achievements of these students and the potential significance of this for the School of Nursing and the University.”

“This was the first grant that Karen and Pam had applied for and they were chosen from a pool of many nurses undertaking higher research degrees,” explained Professor Alliex.

“The comments from experts that shortlisted them for the grants were very positive and complimentary about the quality of their proposals.”

“It was very pleasing to see that our PhD students were able to obtain such different prestigious nursing grants,” Professor Alliex said. 2000-2010 - 10 years of Celebrating Excellence in Nursing Education
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