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Associate Professor Deborah Kirk

Associate Dean

Contact Information Email: d.kirk@ecu.edu.au, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO21.441
Staff Member Details
Email: d.kirk@ecu.edu.au
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO21.441  

 

Deborah Kirk, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C, AOCN, FAANP is Associate Dean Postgraduate, Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University, School of Nursing and Midwifery.

She has practiced for more than 25 years as a Nurse with her last 21 as a Nurse Practitioner in oncology, recently managing patients with breast cancer and lymphoma. As a practitioner, she developed and expanded a mobile application for community resources for clinical practice. As an educator, she has developed course work for nurse practitioners interested in oncology and has interest in expanding cancer/palliative nursing in sub-Saharan Africa.

Background

  • 2019 - Present: Associate Dean Postgraduate, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Western Australia
  • 2017 - Present: Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Western Australia
  • 2015 - 2017: Associate Professor: The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Birmingham, Alabama
  • 2013 - 2017: Coordinator Oncology Subspecialty Nurse Practitioner Track: The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Birmingham, Alabama
  • 2011 - 2017: Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner, Faculty Practice, The University of Alabama at Birmingham Kirklin Clinic, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Birmingham, Alabama
  • 2009 - 2015: Assistant Professor: The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Birmingham, Alabama
  • 2008 - 2009: Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner: The University of Alabama at Birmingham Kirklin Clinic, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Birmingham, Alabama
  • 2006 - 2008: Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner: HOPE Medical Group, Foley, Alabama
  • 2005 - 2006: Manager of Clinical Operations, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner: University of South Alabama, Mitchell Cancer Institute Medical Oncology Mobile, Alabama
  • 1999 - 2005: Director of Nurse Practitioner Services/Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner: Montgomery Cancer Center, Montgomery, Alabama.

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
  • Australian College of Nurse Practitioners.
  • Australian College of Nursing.
  • Cancer Nurses Society of Australia.
  • Clinical Oncology Society of Australia.
  • International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care.
  • Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Oncology.
  • Oncology Nursing Society

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2017 Fulbright Specialist Program Grantee, US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affair, Namibia, Africa
  • 2017 Fellow American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2016 American Cancer Society, Lane Adams Quality of Life Award
  • 2014 Fulbright Specialist Program Grantee, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Fulbright Specialist Program, Malawi, Africa
  • 2014 Oncology Nurse Excellence Award Finalist (1 of 4), Academy of Oncology Nurse and Patient Navigators, Orlando, FL
  • 2014 Excellence in Nursing 2014 - BMetro, The B Metro Excellence in Nursing Program, Birmingham, AL.

University and National Teaching Awards

  • 2015-2016 AACN's Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Naples, FL.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Oncology
  • Survivorship
  • Supportive Care
  • Psycho oncology
  • Palliative Care
  • Mobile Applications for Practice
  • Chronic Disease.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, United States of America, 2007.
  • Master of Science in Nursing, United States of America, 1999.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, United States of America, 1995.

Research

Recent Research Grants

  • Exploring cancer survivorship in a community setting,  WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network,  Grant,  2019 - 2021,  $73,485.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Kirk, D., Turner, PM., (2020), Clinical Guide to Antineoplastic Therapy Chemotherapy Handbook. Public and Professional Cancer Resources., 1201-1214, United States of America, Oncology Nursing Society, DOI: https://www.ons.org/sites/default/files/2020-02/CH4eFront.pdf.

Journal Articles

  • Whitehead, L., Kirk, D., (2019), Home-based multidimensional survivorship programmes for breast cancer survivors. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 25(6), Article number e12756, DOI: 10.1111/ijn.12756.
  • Whitehead, L., Ghosh, M., Kirk, D., Bloxsome, D., Vafeas, C., Wilkinson, A., (2019), The relationship between specialty nurse certification and patient, nurse and organizational outcomes: A systematic review. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 93(1), 1-11, United Kingdom, Pergamon, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2019.02.001.
  • Kirk, D., Whitehead, L., (2018), Breast surgery for metastatic breast cancer. British Journal of Community Nursing, 23(7), 334-335, UK, DOI: 10.12968/bjcn.2018.23.7.334.
  • Sipples, R., Taylor, R., Kirk, D., Bagcivan, G., Dionne-Odom, JN., Bakitas, M., (2017), Perioperative Palliative Care Considerations for Surgical Oncology Nurses. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 33(1), 9-22, USA, W.B. Saunders Co, DOI: 10.1016/j.soncn.2016.11.002.
  • Kirk, D., Edwards, R., Bagcivan, G., Bakitas, M., (2017), Cancer and Palliative Care in the United States, Turkey, and Malawi: Developing Global Collaborations. Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing, 4(3), 209-219, DOI: 10.4103/apjon.apjon_31_17.
  • Kirk, D., Hardeman, A., Owen, L., Sandson Frank, J., (2015), Information at the Point of Care: An Informational Application for Cancer Resources. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 33(9), 390-395, Philadelphia, USA, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, DOI: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000171.
  • Kirk, D., Barton-Burke, M., Garzo Saria, M., Gosselin, T., Ireland, A., Norton, V., Newton, S., (2015), Everyday Advocates: Nursing Advocacy Is a Full-Time Job. American Journal of Nursing, 115(8), 66-70, Philadelphia, USA, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, DOI: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000470409.04919.0f.
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