Christine is the Professor of Nursing and Health Services Management in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Christine completed her doctoral education at the University of New South Wales where she also completed a Master of Health Planning. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Prior to her appointment to her academic positions she worked for several years as a clinical nurse, educator and manager in a variety of acute care hospitals in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Christine's research has focused on issues associated with nurses and their work and a range of current issues facing the nursing workforce. She led the first study in Australia which examined the relationship between nursing numbers, the mix of staff and patient and staff outcomes. Other funded research projects include defining advanced practice in a range of clinical facilities, the impact of adding nursing support workers, the costs and consequences of nursing turnover, factors impacting on nurses’ health and the role of nurse managers and leaders in ensuring positive patient and staff outcomes. She has been at the forefront of ensuring the translation of her research findings into management and clinical practice across a range of care facilities nationally and internationally.
Christine has over $10M in research funding and currently holds ARC-linkage grants as a Chief Investigator. She supervises PhD, Masters and Honours students studying a range of factors related to nursing workforce and service delivery. Examples of topics include workforce flexibility in the emergency department, the impact of patient movements on nursing workload, impact of the ICU ‘hot floor’ on staff and patient outcomes, the expanded role for practice nurses, retention and the aging workforce and span of control and nursing autonomy.
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