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Dr Mandy Towell-Barnard

Mandy is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Centre for Nursing Research at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.


  • 2017 – present: Senior Research Fellow, ECU;
  • 2014 – 2016: Post Doctoral Research Fellow, ECU;
  • 2012 – 2013:  Lecturer, Undergraduate & Post Graduate, SNM, ECU;
  • 2008 – 2012: Lecturer, Undergraduate B Cur & Post Graduate Critical Care, University of Johannesburg, (South Africa);
  • 2004 – 2008: Lecturer, Post Graduate Critical Care, Netcare Education (South Africa);
  • 1998 – 2004: Intensive Care Clinical Facilitator, Milpark Hospital (South Africa);
  • 1993 – 1998: Registered Nurse CCU, Milpark Hospital (South Africa);
  • 1991 – 1993: Registered Nurse, (South Africa);
  • 1989 – 1991: Staff nurse, Liver Transplant Unit,  St. James University Hospital, (England).

Professional Associations

  • Sigma Theta Tau (STTI) member;
  • Golden Key Honour Society.

Awards and Recognition

WA Award Nominations (finalist in):

  1. West Australian Nursing & Midwifery Excellence Awards 2016. Finalist in Excellence in Research.
  2. WA Health Excellence Awards 2016 Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Centre for Nursing Education, 1FoCUS’ Project Team. 1FoCUS’: an innovative model to increase the number and quality of nursing student placements. Finalist.


  • Completed B Cur (Ed et ADM) Community Health, Cum Laude

Research Areas and Interests

  • Emotional intelligence;
  • Resilience;
  • Staff retention;
  • Quality in nursing;
  • Management of Diabetes in acute care setting;
  • Intravascular access devices; and
  • Infection control.


  • Doctor Curationis, South Africa, 2012.
  • Magister Curationis Critical Care, South Africa, 2004.
  • Baccalaureus Curationis Community Nursing Science, South Africa, 2000.
  • Diploma Critical Care Nursing General, South Africa, 1994.
  • Diploma General Nursing, South Africa, 1987.


Recent Research Grants

  • Impacts of the Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner Role on the Care of Hip Fracture Patients: Patient and Economic Outcomes (Subproject for G1001207),  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Grant,  2013 - 2021,  $7,832.
  • The accuracy and clinical utility of violence risk assessment tools for the acute care setting_Subproject for Institution # G1001207,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Grant,  2013 - 2021,  $35,628.
  • Evaluation of the One Focus Clinical Facilitation Model for Nursing Students at SCGH Subproject for Institution # G1001207,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Grant,  2013 - 2021,  $17,699.
  • Master Research Program,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Grant,  2013 - 2021,  $140,000.
  • Independent predictors of successful vascular access (VA) cannulation in haemodialysis patients and the development of a VA cannulation complexity instrument.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2015 (Round 2),  2015 - 2019,  $117,160.
  • Introducing an Intervention to Improve Adherence to Pressure Injury Evidence Based Guidelines: a Cluster Randomised Trial,  WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2016 - 2018,  $40,000.
  • Investigating nurse-led hospital based diabetes education: Alignment with evidenced based practice, patient satisfaction and hospital readmission.,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2017,  2017 - 2018,  $30,000.
  • A cohort study to inform the development of a strategic intervention to develop EI, student well-being and retention across an undergraduate nursing and nursing/midwifery university program in WA.,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Initiative Fund,  2017 - 2018,  $10,000.
  • Insulin Stabilisation Ambulatory Program for Inpatients Discharged from Hospital – “Virtual Ward”,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2015 (Round 1),  2015 - 2018,  $112,464.
  • A Pilot Randomised Control Trial to Compare Failure Rates between Anti-infective CVC, PICC and Anti-infective PICC lines in Patients that Receive TPN,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Grant,  2015 - 2017,  $39,626.
  • Evaluation of the One Focus Clinical Facilitation Model for Nursing Students at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust,  Grant,  2015 - 2017,  $10,000.
  • Cognitive Impairment and Readmission rates in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Admitted to the Acute Care Setting: A Cohort Study,  Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital,  Research Advisory Committee Funding Grant 2016/17,  2016 - 2017,  $47,392.
  • Multidisciplinary Staff Engagement in Implementation of Standardised Aseptic Technique in an Acute Hospital,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Industry Collaboration Grant - 2014 (Round 1),  2013 - 2015,  $73,492.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Steinwandel, U., Gibson, N., Rippey, JC., Barnard, M., Rosman, J., (2017), Use of ultrasound by registered nurses – A systematic literature review. Journal of Renal Care, 43(3), 132-142.
  • Nolan, S., Hendricks, J., Ferguson, S., Barnard, M., (2017), Social networking site (SNS) use by adolescent mothers: Can social support and social capital be enhanced by online social networks? – A structured review of the literature. Midwifery, 48(May), 24-31, DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2017.03.002.
  • Whitehead, L., Jacob, E., Barnard, M., Abu-Qamar, M., Cole-Heath, A., (2017), The role of the family in supporting the self-management of chronic conditions: A qualitative systematic review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, article in press(article in press), p. 9, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13775.
  • Redknap, R., Twigg, D., Barnard, M., (2016), What interventions can improve the mental health nursing practice environment?. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 25(1), 42-50, Blackwell Publishing, DOI: 10.1111/inm.12187.
  • Nagel, Y., Barnard, M., Nel, E., Foxall, F., (2016), The emotional intelligence of registered nurses commencing critical care nursing. Curationis, 39(1), 7, South Africa, AOSIS, DOI: 10.4102/curationis.v39i1.1606.
  • Redknap, R., Twigg, D., Rock, D., Barnard, M., (2015), Nursing practice environment: A strategy for mental health nurse retention?. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 24(3), 262-271, Richmond, Victoria, Australia, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia, DOI: 10.1111/inm.12126.
  • Nolan, S., Hendricks, J., Barnard, M., (2015), Social networking sites (SNS); exploring their uses and associated value for adolescent mothers in Western Australia in terms of social support provision and building social capital. Midwifery, 31(9), 912-919, London, United Kingdom, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2015.05.002.
  • Barnard, M., Nel, WE., Muller, A., (2015), Model of facilitation of emotional intelligence to promote wholeness of neophyte critical care nurses in South Africa. Health SA Gesondheid, 20(2015), 1-10, DOI: 10.1016/j.hsag.2015.04.001.
  • Barnard, M., Nel, E., Muller, A., (2013), The emotional intelligence of a group of critical-care nurses in South Africa. Health SA Gesondheid, 18(1), 10p, South Africa, Rand Afrikaans University. Department of Nursing Sciences, DOI: 10.4102/hsag.v18i1.674.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master By Research: Critical Care Nurses? Experiences Following Their Involvement In A Sentinel Event In A Private Hospital In Gauteng.
  • Master By Research: The Emotional Intelligence Of Professional Nurses Commencing Critical Care Nursing In Private Hospitals In Gauteng.

Adjunct Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  An Assessment Of Nurses' Experiences Of Work Related Stress Through Self-reporting And Hair Cortisol Analysis, In A Typical Metropolitan Hospital Setting In Western Australia
  • Doctor of Health Science (Clinical Leadership and Management),  The Mental Health Nursing Practice Environment: Implications For Nurse Retention.
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