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Dr 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

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

Keywords

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

Languages

  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified 50
139999 Education not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Site Convenor University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / 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

Year Award
2009 Faculty 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)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Bowen LJ, Noble D, 'Hygiene', Fundamentals of Nursing and Midwifery: a person-centred approach to care, Wolters Kluwer, Philadelphia 848-893 (2014) [B2]
2014 Bowen 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]
2014 Bowen 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]
2012 Levett-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-authors Tracy Levett-Jones, Willy Sher
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Journal article (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Levett-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 Aborig... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1016/j.nepr.2014.11.014
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2014 Levett-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 Aborig... [more]

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.

DOI 10.1016/j.nepr.2014.11.014
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
2013 Sinclair 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 comp... [more]

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.

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

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2011 Williams 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]
DOI 10.1109/ICEBEG.2011.5881518
Co-authors Ning Gu, Willy Sher, Tracy Levett-Jones
2011 Keatinge 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-authors Ashley Kable
2010 Bowen 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-authors Ashley Kable
2010 Williams 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-authors Willy Sher, Ning Gu, Tracy Levett-Jones
2010 Simmons 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-authors Tracy Levett-Jones, Willy Sher, Ning Gu
2010 Simmons 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-authors Ning Gu, Willy Sher, Tracy Levett-Jones
2008 Bowen 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-authors Tracy Levett-Jones
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Lynette Bowen
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100849
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Lynette Bowen
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189579
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Dr Lynette Bowen

Position

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

Focus area

Nursing

Contact Details

Email lynette.bowen@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 6581 6297
Fax (02) 6583 9801
Link Twitter

Office

Room DG.23
Building D Block
Location Port Macquarie TAFE Campus
Cnr Oxley Highway and Widderson Street
Port Macquarie, NSW 2444
Australia
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