Commencing work in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Newcastle in March 2013, Helen is the Director of Clinical Education and Senior Lecturer. Helen also maintains positions at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania, and is a Board Member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Nursing and Midwifery – Tasmania), and active member of Practice Development Tasmania, as part of the International Practice Development Collaboration (IPDC).
Working in health care since 1983, Helen subsequently completed studies commencing with BN (Hons) and completed Doctoral Studies in 2010. Her engagement has been with health care research with a focus on action research, practice development and translation research focused on improving nursing care provided in acute and community care sectors. More recently Helen has focused on clinical placement experiences of undergraduate s, working with both undergraduates and clinical supervisors who provide support in placement.
Helen has published in the area of COPD, Dementia and paediatric care provision, and undergraduate clinical placement evaluation, working closely with care providers and nurses in practice.
- PhD (Nursing), University of Tasmania, 15/12/2010
- Bachelor of Nursing, University of Tasmania, 16/12/1998
- Bachelor of Nursing (Honours), University of Tasmania, 11/08/2001
- Action Research
- Clinical Placement
- Practice Development
- Translation Research
Helen has extensive research experience in participatory action research and has worked primarily in aged care settings, community nursing and acute care areas utising the approach in order to facilitate change focused on greater alignment of practice with existing evidence. In particular Helen has experience with supporting chronic disease self management approaches by community nurses, and dementia care provision within acute care environments.
In addition Helen has high levels of experience with research in the area of clinical supervision, clinical placement and support for undergraduates in clinical placement. The approach is mulifaceted with mixed methods utilised to provide rich descriptions of the complex area. Central to any research in the area is the intention to provide information back to clinicians and tertiary providers of education drawing on action research principles to encourage and support sustainable change.
Fields of Research
|130209||Medicine, Nursing And Health Curriculum And Pedagogy||55|
|111001||Aged Care Nursing||25|
|111003||Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)||20|
Helen has recenlty relocated from Tasmania and will maintain collaboration with two areas in particular from there. The first is the WICKING Dementia Research and Education Centre where she remains part of the larger team working toward improved outcomes of care to this group of people and in particular through the Teaching Residential Aged Care project to enhance support and education for undergraduates in residential aged care facilities. The second area is with the Quality Clinical Placement research team undertaking longitudinal studies to further understand the area of clinical placements.
Helen has administration expertise on large projects, including managing grant budgets and project team organisation.
- Clinical Placement
- Nursing and Midwifery
Helen currently teaches into the Bachelor of Nursing program at University of Newcastle and is Director of Clinical Education for BN undergraduates. The position allows great synergy with her central research interests, undergraduate clinical placements. In addition Helen has supported Honours, Masters and PhD students through their journeys of Higher Degree Education.
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Journal article (11 outputs)
|2014||Courtney-Pratt H, Fitzgerald M, Ford K, Johnson C, Wills K, 'Development and reliability testing of the quality clinical placement evaluation tool', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23 504-514 (2014)|
|2014||Ford K, Courtney-Pratt H, Tesch L, Johnson C, 'More than just clowns--Clown doctor rounds and their impact for children, families and staff.', J Child Health Care, 18 286-296 (2014)|
|2013||Ford K, Courtney-Pratt H, Fitzgerald M, 'The development and evaluation of a preceptorship program using a practice development approach', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING, 30 5-13 (2013) [C1]|
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Conference (2 outputs)
|2013||Walters J, Wills K, Schuez N, Cameron-Tucker H, Courtney-Pratt H, Nelson M, et al., 'TELEPHONE HEALTH MENTORING IMPROVES SELF-MANAGEMENT CAPACITY IN COMMUNITY-RECRUITED COPD', RESPIROLOGY (2013) [E3]|
|2012||Courtney-Pratt H, FitzGerald M, Ford K, Robinson A, 'People with Dementia in Hospital: A case study', 27TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE INTERNATIONAL, London, ENGLAND (2012) [E2]|
Grants and Funding
|Number of grants||1|
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2014 (1 grants)
Fifth International Nurse Education Conference, Noordwijkerhout Netherlands, 22-25 June 2014$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
|Doctor Helen Courtney-Pratt|
|Travel Grant||Chief Investigator|
|Total Amount||Funding Start||Funding Finish|
|Number of current supervisions||1|
|Total current UoN PhD EFTSL||0.15|
For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.
|Program||Supervisor Type||Research Title|
|2013||2021||PhD (Nursing)||Co-Supervisor||How Nurses Evaluate Their Own Practice|