Inaugural Chair promotes research, and clinical nursing links

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Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 30-5-2011

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus

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Initiating and conducting relevant leading-edge research programs in nursing and midwifery that are both nationally and internationally competitive is a fundamental goal of The University of Notre Dame Australia’s (UNDA) inaugural Chair of Nursing, Professor Leanne Monterosso.

Linking with the University’s unveiling of the new School of Nursing and Midwifery on the Fremantle Campus recently, Professor Monterosso’s appointment is part of an initiative of the School and St John of God Hospital Murdoch (SJGHM).

As a midwife and neonatal nurse, Professor Monterosso says she has been provided with a great opportunity to offer her clinical and research knowledge to the school’s research and teaching programs, which includes midwifery education.

“My intention is to develop a strong culture of research and develop productive working relationships with other schools at UNDA, as well as clinicians and researchers in the health care and tertiary sectors,” Professor Monterosso said.

“I intend to provide high quality supervision to higher degree nursing and midwifery research students and hopefully contribute to the development of the future leaders of nursing and midwifery research.”

Having initially trained as a registered nurse at St John of God Hospital in 1978, and holding clinical appointments in the tertiary health sector since then, Professor Monterosso maintains that a strong link is required between clinical settings and the university environment to prepare students for constant changes in the health care system.

Professor Monterosso hopes to facilitate this vision with the School of Nursing and Midwifery Dean, Professor Selma Alliex, by promoting a culture of research within the School to attract and support undergraduate and higher-degree students.

“The School’s commitment to excellence in nursing education is reflected by the industry’s appreciation and recognition of the high calibre of nursing students from Notre Dame,” Professor Monterosso said.

“This commitment has now extended to midwifery, and essentially for me, my recent appointment highlights the School’s commitment to research which underpins our teaching, learning and clinical practice of nursing and midwifery.

“These values also reflect those of SJGHM with whom I will work collaboratively and very closely in the pursuit of excellence in nursing and midwifery practice, policy and research.”

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