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Congratulations to Kim Oliver on completing her PhD

Monday, 18 September 2017


The School of Nursing and Midwifery would like to congratulate Kim Oliver, Lecturer in Nursing on her PhD completion.

Kim’s thesis “An assessment of nurses' experiences of work related stress through self-reporting and hair cortisol analysis in a metropolitan hospital in Western Australia”, explored the perceived stress levels amongst a group of nurses in Western Australia to determine if there was a correlation between self-reported stress and hair cortisol levels.

The uniqueness of the study was not that perceived stress was explored in the nursing profession, as it is well documented that nursing is a highly stressful profession, rather it was the methods used to identify the perceived stress. This consisted of a combination of questionnaires and hair cortisol levels, making this study unique within a nursing population.

Dr Oliver has a clinical background in Adult nursing, specialising in Intensive Care and Theatres. She has also worked within the oil and gas, and mining industries, specialising in work health and safety issues. Her research interests encompass workforce issues including work-related stress and stressors.


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