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Ms Lynette Bowen

Site Convenor

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Nursing)

Career Summary

Biography

Lyn is a lecturer and the Site Convenor for the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Port Macquarie campus of the University of Newcastle.  Lyn's doctoral research interests focused on the experience of registered nurses who mentor undergraduate nursing students in a rural context. She recognises the value of working collaboratively with clinical partners, being aware of the commitement of registered nurses to the development of future nurse colleagues. This led her to explore their experience of mentoring undergraduate nursing students on clinical placement in the rural context.

Lyn has an interest in professional portfolios, having previously been an early career researcher on an ALTC project that explored the use of e-portolios to faciliate work intergrated learning (WIL) in construction and nursing disciplines. She has also written and reviewed literature in this area.

Prior to her academic appointment Lyn was employed by the North Coast Area Health Service as the Nurse Educator for Port Macquarie Base Hospital. She has extensive experience in clinical education, as well as having worked as a Clinical Nurse Consultant in infection prevention and control. Whilst at the university, Lyn has taught extensively in undergraduate courses, contributing to course development, especially that pertaining to infection control and prevention. She also teaches the post graduate course in Infection Control.

Research Expertise
Lyn Bowen is a registered nurse with experience in mixed methods research and qualitative methods. Her research interests focus on professional portfolios, registered nurses who mentor and support undergraduate nursing students, teaching and learning strategies and their influence on student learning. Most recently she has been leading a study looking at the effect of Talking Circles on the experience of first year students at university.

Teaching Expertise
Lyn has extensive experience in teaching, having taught in clinical and university contexts. Her teaching experience spans more than twenty years. She has taught undergraduate and post graduate courses, using face to face, blended and online modes. She is passionate about facilitating learning environments that will equip the next generation of nurses to deliver safe, competent nursing care.

Administrative Expertise
Site Convenor, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Port Macquarie campus 2004 - current Assistant Director of Clinical Education, Port Macquarie campus 2009 - current

Collaborations
Lyn is a member of the Centre for Health Professional Education, which focuses its interests on research that will enhance the education of health professionals, with an emphasis on improved patient outcomes.


Qualifications

  • Master of Nursing (Professional Studies), University of Technology Sydney
  • General Nursing Certificate, Royal North Shore Hospital
  • Diploma of Teaching (Nursing), Newcastle College of Advanced Education
  • Bachelor of Education (Nursing), University of New England

Keywords

  • Clinical education
  • Infection Control
  • Medical nursing
  • Mentoring
  • Mixed methods research
  • Professional portfolios
  • Qualitative description
  • Rural
  • Surgical nursing

Languages

  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111099Nursing not elsewhere classified50
139999Education not elsewhere classified50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - Site ConvenorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia

Membership

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2010 - Membership - Australian College of Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC)Australian College of Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC)
Australia
1/01/1996 - Membership - Australian Nurse Teachers Society (ANTS)Australian Nurse Teachers Society (ANTS)
Australia
1/01/1988 - Membership - Australian College of Nursing (ACN)Australian College of Nursing

Awards

Recognition

YearAward
2009Faculty Teaching and Learning Excellence Award
Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Bowen LJ, Noble D, 'Hygiene', Fundamentals of Nursing and Midwifery: a person-centred approach to care, Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia 848-893 (2014) [B2]
2014Bowen LJ, Noble D, 'Skin integrity and wound care', Fundamentals of Nursing and Midwifery: A Person-Centred Approach to Care, Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia, PA 894-936 (2014) [B2]
2014Bowen LJ, 'Fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance', Fundamentals of Nursing and Midwifery: a person centred approach to care, Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia 1226-1288 (2014) [B2]
2012Levett-Jones TL, Bowen LJ, Simmons CA, Sher WD, 'The professional nursing and construction curricula', Work Ready: E-Portfolios to Support Professional Placements, Office for Learning and Teaching, Sydney, NSW 13-29 (2012) [B1]
Co-authorsTracy Levett-Jones, Willy Sher
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Journal article (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Levett-Jones T, Bowen L, Morris A, 'Enhancing nursing students' understanding of threshold concepts through the use of digital stories and a virtual community called 'Wiimali'', Nurse Education in Practice, 15 91-96 (2015)

Wiimali is a dynamic virtual community developed in 2010 and first implemented into our Bachelor of Nursing (BN) program in 2011. The word Wiimali comes from the Gumiluraai Aboriginal language. Wiimali and the digital stories it comprises were designed to engage nursing students and enhance their understanding of the threshold concepts integral to safe and effective nursing practice.In this paper we illustrate some of the key features of Wiimali with web links to a virtual tour of the community and a selection of digital stories. We explain how this innovative educational approach has the potential to lead to transformative learning about concepts such as social justice, person-centred care and patient safety.Consistent feedback about Wiimali attests to the positive impact of this educational approach. Students have commented on how Wiimali caused them to think differently about the concepts of community and social justice; how it brings the health-related problems of community members to life; and how the digital stories enhance their learning about person-centred care and patient safety.

DOI10.1016/j.nepr.2014.11.014
Co-authorsTracy Levett-Jones
2014Levett-Jones T, Bowen L, Morris A, 'Enhancing nursing students' understanding of threshold concepts through the use of digital stories and a virtual community called 'Wiimali'', Nurse Education in Practice, (2014)

Wiimali is a dynamic virtual community developed in 2010 and first implemented into our Bachelor of Nursing (BN) program in 2011. The word Wiimali comes from the Gumiluraai Aboriginal language. Wiimali and the digital stories it comprises were designed to engage nursing students and enhance their understanding of the threshold concepts integral to safe and effective nursing practice.In this paper we illustrate some of the key features of Wiimali with web links to a virtual tour of the community and a selection of digital stories. We explain how this innovative educational approach has the potential to lead to transformative learning about concepts such as social justice, person-centred care and patient safety.Consistent feedback about Wiimali attests to the positive impact of this educational approach. Students have commented on how Wiimali caused them to think differently about the concepts of community and social justice; how it brings the health-related problems of community members to life; and how the digital stories enhance their learning about person-centred care and patient safety.

DOI10.1016/j.nepr.2014.11.014
Co-authorsTracy Levett-Jones
2013Sinclair PM, Bowen L, Donkin B, 'Professional nephrology nursing portfolios: Maintaining competence to practise', Renal Society of Australasia Journal, 9 35-40 (2013) [C1]

Australian and New Zealand nurses are required to make statutory disclosures as part of their nursing registration renewal. One area of self-disclosure relates to maintaining competence to practise. Nurses are required to develop and maintain a portfolio that demonstrates their assessment of practice, continuing professional development (CPD) and recency of practice in order to meet their registering bodies' required standards. One of the obstacles for nurses is a clear understanding of what constitutes a professional portfolio as well as what is required of them to demonstrate continuing competence. This paper discusses, from both the Australian and New Zealand regulation authorities' perspectives, the maintenance of competency, the requirements for demonstrating CPD, and how a professional portfolio assists in providing this evidence.

2011Bowen LJ, 'Developing an infection control conscience in undergraduate nursing students', Australian Nursing Journal, 19 43 (2011) [C3]
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Conference (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Williams AP, Simmons CA, Gu N, Sher WD, Levett-Jones TL, Bowen LJ, 'Exploring students' demonstration of professional work integrated learning through e-portfolios', 2011 International Conference on E -Business and E -Government (ICEE) Proceedings, Shanghai, China (2011) [E1]
DOI10.1109/ICEBEG.2011.5881518
Co-authorsNing Gu, Willy Sher, Tracy Levett-Jones, Tony Williams
2011Keatinge DR, Kable AK, Bowen LJ, 'Keeping undergraduate nurse mentors informed: Are we there yet?', Innovations in Nursing Practice, Thinking Aloud, Thinking Ahead: 15th Australasian Nurse Educators Conference 2011, Hamilton, NZ (2011) [E3]
Co-authorsAshley Kable
2010Bowen LJ, Keatinge DR, Kable AK, 'Looking after an undergraduate student nurse: What is it really like for a registered nurse?', 3rd International Nurse Education Conference. Programme, Sydney (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsAshley Kable
2010Williams AP, Levett-Jones TL, Sher WD, Simmons CA, Gu N, Bowen LJ, 'Can ePortfolios assist university students' work integrated learning? Exploring professional competencies in nursing and construction management', ePortfolios Australia Conference 2010: Book of Abstracts and Papers, Melbourne, VIC (2010) [E1]
Co-authorsTracy Levett-Jones, Willy Sher, Ning Gu, Tony Williams
2010Simmons CA, Williams AP, Levett-Jones TL, Sher WD, Bowen LJ, Gu N, 'Can e-Portfolios assist students' learning in the work place? Exploring students' demonstration of their professional work experience through e-Portfolios in the Construction Management and Nursing disciplines', Learning Forum London 2010. Internet of Subjects Forum Proceedings, London (2010) [E1]
Co-authorsNing Gu, Tony Williams, Tracy Levett-Jones, Willy Sher
2010Simmons CA, Williams AP, Levett-Jones TL, Sher WD, Bowen LJ, Gu N, 'Worlds apart? Developing a professional competency assessment framework that links university education with 'real world' practices in the Construction Management and Nursing disciplines', Learning Forum London 2010. Internet of Subjects Forum, London (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsWilly Sher, Tony Williams, Ning Gu, Tracy Levett-Jones
2008Bowen LJ, Kenny K, Levett-Jones TL, 'When a flexible delivery learning model becomes flexible!', 13th National Nurse Education Conference. Program, Sydney, NSW (2008) [E3]
Co-authorsTracy Levett-Jones
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants2
Total funding$1,910

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20111 grants / $1,150

Australasian Nurse Educators Conference 2011, Wintec, Hamilton, New Zealand, 23 - 25 November 2011$1,150

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamMs Lynette Bowen
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1100849
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20081 grants / $760

13th National Nurse Educators Conference, Southee Complex, Sydney Showground, 9/9/2008 - 11/9/2008$760

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMs Lynette Bowen
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189579
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Ms Lynette Bowen

Position

Site Convenor
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Nursing

Contact Details

Emaillynette.bowen@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 6581 6297
Fax(02) 6583 9801

Office

RoomDG.23
BuildingD Block
LocationPort Macquarie TAFE Campus
Cnr Oxley Highway and Widderson Street
Port Macquarie, NSW 2444
Australia
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