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Dr Sharyn Hunter is a lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle, Australia. Sharyn has a passionate interest in the preparation of student nurses for nursing older people. She has received awards for teaching into the undergraduate nursing program from the University of Newcastle and nationally by Australian Learning and Teaching Council with a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. She has recently published an undergraduate textbook for nurses about healthy ageing. Sharyn’s research interests include, the development of health professionals regarding the care of older people and the of clinical reasoning. She has published and presented papers nationally and internationally in these areas.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle, 03/09/2004
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Queensland, 17/08/1989
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), James Cook University, 15/04/2000

Research

Research keywords

  • clinical reasoning
  • healthy ageing
  • older people
  • simulation

Research expertise

Dr Hunter has experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods. She has conducted and supervised studies about nurse's practice development, clinical reasoning development, tertiary education and simulation.

PhD Thesis:

Title: The professional development of RN in Residential Aged Care

The use of multiple case study approach allowed for the exploration of the real-life context of registered nurses’ (RNs) practices in residential aged care (RAC). Previously, the boundaries between the phenomenon of aged care nursing practices and the management of aged care facilities were clear. This study provided evidence of the blurring of these boundaries with respect to designations of nurses and their respective functions. The multiple sources of data provided evidence of recurring patterns of behaviours, which have contributed to the development of a model to reflect the changes of registered nurses' practice in residential aged care. A series of expressions of the model demonstrates the relationships between the study findings and other research and available information.

This model addresses this need for a strategic approach to the ongoing professional development of RNs who work in RAC. A the presence of RNs in aged care is critical, there is a need to be proactive, feasible, and realistic in the approach to staff development in the contexts in which aged care is delivered. RAC now provides the opportunity for RNs to practise at an advanced level; to use and develop a range of sophisticated skills in critical thinking, problem solving and reflective practice to deliver the best possible care to residents.

Major grants:

Dr Hunter has been involved in a number of University of Newcastle funded projects about clinical reasoning and peer review of teaching. She was member of a team funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council to explore simulation and clinical reasoning in undergraduate nurses.

Other projects:

Dr Hunter is currently supervising research higher degree candidates studies on acute care and older people, and nursing education.

She is also a member of the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Evidence Synthesis Group and has trained to undertake systematic reviews for JBI.

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111099Nursing Not Elsewhere Classified50
170199Psychology Not Elsewhere Classified50

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Royal College of Nursing Australia
  • Member - Joanna Briggs Institue Evidence Synthesis Group

Collaboration

Registered Nurse Professional Development in Aged Care

Clinical Reasoning in Health Care

Simulation in Health Care

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Course co ordination within the undergraduate and post graduate program;

Student Academic Conduct Officer ( held this position for 2 years).

Assist with the coordination of the Research Higher Degree Skills Seminars

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • ageing
  • clinical reasoning
  • healthy ageing
  • older people
  • primary health care
  • simulation

Teaching expertise

Teaching Portfolio

Current Role (Lecturer)

Teaching Responsibilities

Course coordinator for in an undergraduate couse about the health and illness of the older person across both semesters of the academic year. This course focuses on developing competencies in undergraduate nurses about nursing older people across different health contexts. I also lecture and conduct tutorials.

Teaching Goals and Philosophy

In January 2007, I became involved in teaching and coordinating an undergraduate second year core course in the BN program focused on nursing older people. Prior to my academic role, as a senior clinician working in aged care, I facilitated the change of ‘old’ nursing roles in residential and community aged care services. My doctoral studies were also in this area. My research and clinical expertise have been recognised nationally and internationally.

I have been recognised for my expectional role as a tertiary teacher in relation to this course. My approach transformed students’ attitudes towards nursing older people and contributed to their professional development. I was ( and continure to) positively influence nursing students’ attitudes towards caring for older people and thus contribute to students’ professionalism by ensuring their ‘work readiness’for nursing older people. I have received 2 awards for my contribution to student learning in this course:

2008 Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching: Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning: and

2010 Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC): Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Student Feedback about my teaching

The quantitative results are continually positive with scores above 4.5/5 for all items,especially the teacher was enthusiastic, motivates me to extend my learning, and helped me understand the importance of the content to my program.The qualitative comments focus on my enthusiasm for aged care; how I was inspiring; and encouraging them to want to learn more. The students’ comments link my passion and expertise to their engagement and enjoyment. I also “…broadened my (the student’s) idea about aged care” ) and “The scenario based learning in tutorials was perfect for this course…” .

All comments were communicated via email. These comments demonstrate that students in this course are being transformed and also describe how this change impacts on their professionalism.

I felt that I learnt a great deal about aged care from you and the way you made the tutorials interesting. Your enthusiasm and passion for the subject came across so very well and this also helped keep the subject interesting. I feel that I am able to take so much to work with me now and also educate others about the very important aspect of aged care…. Learning the registered nurses responsibilities and what I will be able to bring to me place of employment once I am registered gives me hope that in the future aged care will improve out of sight!....You really are an inspiration to me ….Your delivery of the subject always came across with such a great insight and realism that made learning so worth while.

I would also like to thank-you so very much for making our tutorials so understandable and interesting. I know I’m not the only one commenting on how you helped us "get it".

Having you teach aged care to me over the last 7 weeks has put the wind back in my sails as far as working with the elderly go and I must admit it is wonderful to see someone so passionate about the elderly and their "individual" care .You have been exceptional and your enthusiasm is second to none... Thankyou from myself and also in advance from the elderly I will be caring for with a brighter and renewed sense of care.

On behalf of all the students in tut group X, and indeed on my personal behalf, I'd like to sincerely thank you for all your wonderful guidance and direction you have provided throughout this semester. You kept us interested and engaged, and inspired most of us

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Publications

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Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Miller CA, Hunter S, Miller's nursing for wellness in older adults, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Sydney, 604 (2012) [A4]

Chapter (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Hunter S, Dumont F, 'Caring for an older person with altered cognition', Clinical Reasoning : Learning to Think Like a Nurse, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW 160-179 (2013) [B2]
2013Day JL, Taylor ACT, Hunter S, Jeong S, Armitage D, Keatinge D, Higgins I, 'Community Care', Medical-Surgical Nursing: Critical thinking in Client Care, Pearson, Sydney 35-54 (2013) [B2]
2011Day JL, Armitage D, Jeong Y-S, Hunter S, Keatinge DR, Higgins IJ, 'Community-based nursing care', Medical Surgical Nursing: Critical Thinking in Client Care, Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW 37-52 (2011) [B2]

Journal article (9 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Pitt V, Powis D, Levett-Jones T, Hunter S, 'Nursing students' personal qualities: a descriptive study.', Nurse Educ Today, 34 1196-1200 (2014) [C1]
2014Pitt V, Levett-Jones T, Hunter S, Powis D, 'The influence of personal qualities on performance and progression in a pre-registration nursing programme', Nurse Education Today, 34 866-871 (2014)
2013Pitt V, Powis D, Levett-Jones T, Hunter S, 'Can an existing personal qualities measure be used to examine nursing students¿ professional and personal attributes?', Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-disciplinary Journal, 15 41-54 (2013) [C1]

Co-authors: Tracy Levett-jones

2013Hunter S, Pitt V, Croce N, Roche J, 'Critical thinking skills of undergraduate nursing students: Description and demographic predictors', Nurse Education Today, (2013)
2012Pitt VL, Powis DA, Levett-Jones TL, Hunter S, 'Factors influencing nursing students' academic and clinical performance and attrition: An integrative literature review', Nurse Education Today, 32 903-913 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: Tracy Levett-jones

2011Hoffman KA, Dempsey J, Levett-Jones TL, Noble DI, Hickey N, Jeong Y-S, et al., 'The design and implementation of an Interactive Computerised Decision Support Framework (ICDSF) as a strategy to improve nursing students' clinical reasoning skills', Nurse Education Today, 31 587-594 (2011) [C1]
2011Burrows TL, Findlay NA, Killen CG, Dempsey SE, Hunter S, Chiarelli PE, Snodgrass SN, 'Using nominal group technique to develop a consensus derived model for peer review of teaching across a multi-school faculty', Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice, 8 1-9 (2011) [C1]
2010Hunter S, Levett-Jones TL, 'The practice of nurses working with older people in long term care: An Australian perspective', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19 527-536 (2010) [C1]
2007Hunter S, McMillan MA, Conway JF, 'The professional development needs of registered nurses in residential aged care', Collegian: Journal of the Royal College of Nursing Australia, 14 6-11 (2007) [C1]
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Conference (16 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Hunter S, 'Positive health promotion to encourage healthy ageing in older adults', International Conference. Interprofessional Partnership: Improvement for Global Health Outcomes, Chiang Mai, Thailand (2012) [E3]
2012Hunter S, 'Nursing students collaborating online: Making it happen', 14th National Nurse Education Conference 2012. Speaker Abstracts, Perth, WA (2012) [E3]
2011Dempsey J, Levett-Jones TL, Hoffman KA, Bourgeois S, Jeong Y-S, Hunter S, et al., 'Pandoras Box: simulation, reflection, cognitive errors and clinical reasoning', 4th International Clinical Skills Conference: Showcasing Innovation and Evidenced Based Clinical Skills Education and Practice: Abstracts, Prato, Tuscany (2011) [E3]
2011Pitt VL, Powis DA, Levett-Jones TL, Hunter S, 'Moving towards tomorrow's workforce: Using personal qualities to guide selection', Innovations in Nursing Practice, Thinking Aloud, Thinking Ahead: 15th Australasian Nurse Educators Conference 2011, Hamilton, NZ (2011) [E3]

Co-authors: Tracy Levett-jones

2011Hunter S, Arthur C, Pitt VL, 'Enhancing nursing students' clinical reasoning skills: An innovative teaching strategy', 4th International Clinical Skills Conference: Showcasing Innovation and Evidenced Based Clinical Skills Education and Practice: Abstracts, Prato, Tuscany (2011) [E3]
2011Hunter S, Pitt VL, Levett-Jones TL, 'Improving nursing students' clinical reasoning', Innovations in Nursing Practice, Thinking Aloud, Thinking Ahead: 15th Australasian Nurse Educators Conference 2011, Hamilton, NZ (2011) [E3]

Co-authors: Tracy Levett-jones

2011Hunter S, Arthur C, Roche JM, Levett-Jones TL, Kable AK, 'Prudent use of simulation dollars to achieve good learning outcomes', 4th International Clinical Skills Conference: Showcasing Innovation and Evidenced Based Clinical Skills Education and Practice: Abstracts, Prato, Tuscany (2011) [E3]
2010Levett-Jones TL, Hoffman KA, Dempsey J, Bourgeois S, Hunter S, Jeong Y-S, 'Enhancing nursing students' clinical reasoning skills through their engagement with interactive computerised case studies', 3rd International Nurse Education Conference. Programme, Sydney (2010) [E3]
2010Arthur C, Roche JM, Levett-Jones TL, Hoffman KA, Kable AK, Hunter S, 'The simulation 'pot of gold': How should we spend it?', SimTech Health 2010: Education and Innovation in Healthcare. Conference Handbook with Program and Abstracts, Melbourne, Vic (2010) [E3]
2010Hunter S, 'Challenging nursing students' attitudes about older people', 2010 National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing:, Newcastle, NSW (2010) [E3]
2010Hunter S, 'Is there a relationship between scores on the Health Sciences Reasoning Test, grade point average and the clinical reasoning ability of nursing students?', Symposium: Simulation and Beyond. Creative Teaching Approaches for Improving Patient Safety. Program, Pokolbin, NSW (2010) [E3]
2010Pitt VL, Powis DA, Levett-Jones TL, Hunter S, 'Altering selection strategies: The future of undergraduate nursing education', ANZAME 2010: Overcoming Barriers, Re(E)Forming Professional Practice, Townsville, QLD (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: Tracy Levett-jones

2009Dempsey J, Levett-Jones TL, Hoffman KA, Hunter S, Hickey N, Noble DI, et al., 'The 5 r's of clinical reasoning', Third International Clinical Skills Conference. Abstracts, papers, workshops and posters, Prato, Italy (2009) [E3]

Co-authors: Tracy Levett-jones

2009Pitt VL, Levett-Jones TL, Hunter S, Powis DA, 'Selection or support: The best direction for improving undergraduate nursing?', RCNA Annual Conference 09: Program and Book of Abstracts, Melbourne, VIC (2009) [E3]

Co-authors: Tracy Levett-jones

2009Pitt VL, Levett-Jones TL, Hunter S, Powis DA, 'Personal qualities and nursing students clinical & academic performance', Australasian Nurse Educators Conference 2009: Concurrent Sessions, Christchurch, NZ (2009) [E3]

Co-authors: Tracy Levett-jones

2009Hoffman KA, Dempsey J, Levett-Jones TL, Hunter S, Hickey N, Roche JM, et al., 'Enhancing nursing students' clinical reasoning skills through their engagement with computerised decision support frameworks', Australasian Nurse Educators Conference 2009: Concurrent Sessions, Christchurch, NZ (2009) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants6
Total funding$74,933

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2013 (2 grants)

Feasibility Study: A Proposed Model of a 'Health Ageing Clinic' and team based curricular for clinical placement of healthcare students$62,333
Funding Body: HETI (Health Education and Training Institute)

Project Team
Associate Professor Chris Kewley, Doctor Sharyn Hunter
SchemeRole
NSW ICTN Local Project FundInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$62,33320132013
GNo:G1300015

Fifth International Clinical Skill Conference, Prato, Italy, 19 - 22 May 2013$1,600
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Sharyn Hunter
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,60020132013
GNo:G1300436

2012 (1 grants)

14th National Nurse Education Conference, Perth, 11 - 13 April 2012$1,400
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Sharyn Hunter
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,40020122012
GNo:G1200537

2011 (1 grants)

Fourth International Clinical Skills Conference, Prato, Italy, 22 - 25 May 2011$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Sharyn Hunter
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020112011
GNo:G1100289

2009 (1 grants)

Connecting the Dots: Geriatric Nursing, Education and Clinical Simulation Conference, North Carolina USA 2-3 April 09$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Sharyn Hunter
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020092009
GNo:G0189944

2008 (1 grants)

Exploring nursing students' critical thinking and clinical reasoning abilities$6,400
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Sharyn Hunter
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,40020082008
GNo:G0189651
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions3
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1.1

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20132017PhD (Nursing)Co-SupervisorHealth Promotion for Thai Elderly with Chronic Illness: A Mixed Methods Study
20122016PhD (Nursing)Co-SupervisorAn Ethnographic Study to Understand the Concept of Rural Thai Elderly Resilience: Rural Elderly and Community Nurses Perspectives
20092017PhD (Nursing)Co-SupervisorComparison of a Nurse Led Evidence Based Venous Thromboembolism Program With Usual VTE Prevention Practices and Associated Outcomes Following Hip and Knee Arthroplasty

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Nursing)Co-SupervisorFactors Impacting on Bachelor of Nursing Students' Clinical and Academic Performance and Progression
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Dr Sharyn Hunter

Work Phone(02) 4921 5957
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaNursing
Office
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/sharyn-hunter