Mrs Carol Norton

Mrs Carol Norton

Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Midwifery)

Career Summary

Biography

Carol Anne Norton completed her Registered Nursing training at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, many years ago, when nursing was taught in the hospital setting, rather than at Universities as it is now.  Carol  then went on to work in the  Accident & Emergency Units, ICU and in the Cardiac units for over ten years, with a special interest in pediatrics and  HIV/AIDS nursing care.  Carol then  decided to go back to studying by completing her Graduate Diploma in Midwifery through the University of Newcastle, working as a student midwife at both the Gosford and Wyong Maternity units on the central coast.  Carol then progressed to working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist Midwife on the Community Midwives teams on the Central Coast, enjoying working in a fantastic team of midwives who provided women-centered care for their women, thus providing a safe and comfortable environment for birthing for many central coast mothers and babies in a low risk clinical maternity environment

Whilst completing her Masters of Midwifery, Carol then was offered the opportunity to work as a Research Project Officer for the Public Health Unit on the Central Coast, where she managed a Collaborative Central Area Health Service Midwifery Iodine project. Following this Carol was appointed to the position of Research Project Officer for the Central Coast Research and Medical Unit under Associate Professor Martin Veysey, heading a research project on aged care and quality of life based on  Aged Care Facilities on the central coast.

Carol is presently working as a full-time Lecturer for the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health at the University of Newcastle, where she has taught for the last ten years at the central coast Ourimbah campus.  Carol loves teaching primarily undergraduate nursing students, and also undergraduate midwifery students in both the Nursing & Midwifery programs for the School of Nursing & Midwifery.

Carol has also taken on the Marketing Officer role for the School of Nursing and Midwifery for the last 8 years, working with the University on marketing events that involve local high school students, Tafe students, Open foundation students & Indigenous school students associated with our University at the three UON campuses. Carol enjoys mentoring students who come along to assist at these Open days and School Visit days, which then gives them confidence to present themselves as health professionals whilst completing their Bachelor of Nursing programs.

Carol has recently taken on the position of Pastoral Care Coordinator for the School of Nursing & Midwifery after completing a Pastoral Care Course on the central coast in early 2016.  Carol particularly enjoys this role, as this enables her to use her many  inter-professional  skills working with other staff and units in the School of Nursing & Midwifery & the University of Newcastle.  This then enables nursing students to complete their studies within the School environment in a more collaborative teaching model, allowing extra access to extended student-services that the University provides to all its students enrolled in their undergraduate and post-graduate programs.

Teaching Expertise- Carol teaches the Foundations of Nursing practice course to first year nursing students;  Carol also mentors third year nursing students to prepare them for their new graduate hospital interviews for their New Graduate programs when they complete their Bachelor of Nursing programs.

Carol still endeavors to consistently update her clinical experience by working as a casual certified midwife and registered nurse in a local hospital on the central coast, where she has been employed for the last 13 years.

Administrative Expertise- Carol Took on the Marketing Role for the SONM in 2008, a role that encompasses arranging staff and students for the various marketing events for the SONM & the UON i.e. UON Open days, School Visit Days, Expo days and collaborating with the Research workshops or Symposiums with the Local District Area Health Services.

Service role- Carol took on the role of the Pastoral Care Coordinator for the SONM in February 2016.  Carol Completed an Introduction into Pastoral Care Course in July 2016 with the CCPE at Gosford Hospital. 

Collaborations- Carol is a member of the Research Advisory Committee collaborating with the Central Coast Local Health District and the School of Nursing & Midwifery at the Central Coast Campus.

Research Collaboration-Carol is currently involved in a Collaborative Research project with the Central coast library staff and the SONM, i.e. Tree of Collaboration, looking at what extra strategies first year Nursing Students identify that may enhance their opportunities for learning to progress into their second year of their Bachelor of Nursing Programs.

Key points- Person-centered care, women-centered care, student-centered care, Critical Reasoning skills for Registered Nurses and Certified Midwives.


Qualifications

  • Master of Midwifery, University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Diploma in Midwifery, University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • clinical reasoning skills
  • person-centered care
  • student-centered care

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 50
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Awards

Award

Year Award
2016 Faculty of Health & Medicine Teaching & Learning Award, 2015
Centre for Teaching and Learning, The University of Newcastle
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Publications

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


Journal article (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Govind N, Pich J, 'Measuring the impact of a ¿point of view¿ disability simulation on nursing students' empathy using the Comprehensive State Empathy Scale', Nurse Education Today, 59 75-81 (2017)

© 2017 Elsevier Ltd Background Although empathy is an integral component of professional practice and person-centred care, a body of research has identified that vulnerable patie... [more]

© 2017 Elsevier Ltd Background Although empathy is an integral component of professional practice and person-centred care, a body of research has identified that vulnerable patients groups frequently experience healthcare that is less than optimal and often lacking in empathy. Aim The aim of this study was to examine the impact of an immersive point-of-view simulatio n on nursing students' empathy towards people with an Acquired Brain Injury. Setting and Participants A convenience sample of 390 nursing students from a cohort of 488 participated in the study, giving a response rate of 80%. Students undertook the simulation in pairs and were randomly allocated to the role of either a person with Acquired Brain Injury or a rehabilitation nurse. The simulated ¿patients¿ wore a hemiparesis suit that replicated the experience of dysphasia, hemianopia and hemiparesis. Design Characteristics of the sample were summarised using descriptive statistics. A two-group pre-test post-test design was used to investigate the impact of the simulation using the Comprehensive State Empathy Scale. t-Tests were performed to analyse changes in empathy pre post and between simulated ¿patients¿ and ¿rehabilitation nurses¿. Results On average, participants reported significantly higher mean empathy scores post simulation (3.75, SD = 0.66) compared to pre simulation (3.38 SD = 0.61); t (398) = 10.33, p < 0.001. However, this increase was higher for participants who assumed the role of a ¿rehabilitation nurse¿ (mean = 3.86, SD = 0.62) than for those who took on the ¿patient¿ role (mean = 3.64, SD = 0.68), p < 0.001. Conclusion The results from this study attest to the potential of point-of-view simulations to positively impact nursing students' empathy towards people with a disability. Research with other vulnerable patient groups, student cohorts and in other contexts would be beneficial in taking this work forward.

DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2017.09.007
Co-authors Melissa Robinson-Reilly, Tracy Levett-Jones, Lorna Maclellan, Sarah Jeong
2016 Hayden LJ, Jeong SY, Norton CA, 'An Analysis of Factors Affecting Mature Age Students' Academic Success in Undergraduate Nursing Programs: A Critical Literature Review', International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 13 127-138 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 by De Gruyter 2016. The population of mature age students entering university nursing programs has steadily increased in both Australia and worldwide. The objective of the... [more]

© 2016 by De Gruyter 2016. The population of mature age students entering university nursing programs has steadily increased in both Australia and worldwide. The objective of the literature review was to explore how mature age students perform academically and to analyse the factors associated with their academic performance in nursing programs. A literature search was conducted in the following databases: CINAHL, ProQuest, Medline, Cochrane, Mosby's Index, Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI), and Scopus. Twenty-six (26) research papers published between 2000 and 2014 have met the selection criteria of this review. The key themes identified include; 1) ambiguity in definition of mature age and academic success, 2) age and academic success, 3) intrinsic factors (life experiences, emotional intelligence, and motivation and volition), and 4) extrinsic factors (peer, academic and family support; and learning style, components of the modules and mode of delivery). Current literature provides evidence that mature age nursing students perform at a higher level within the methodological issues discussed in this paper. Future research is warranted to advance the understanding of the complex relationship between extrinsic and intrinsic factors of mature age students and their academic success in higher education. Nursing educators will benefit from novel evidence, ideas and opportunities to explore and implement in nursing education.

DOI 10.1515/ijnes-2015-0086
Co-authors Sarah Jeong
2011 Hoffman 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2010.10.012
Citations Scopus - 15Web of Science - 15
Co-authors Sharyn Hunter, Tracy Levett-Jones, Danielle Noble, Sarah Jeong, Kerry Hoffman
2011 Jeong Y-S, Hickey N, Levett-Jones TL, Pitt VL, Hoffman KA, Norton CA, Ohr SO, 'Understanding and enhancing the learning experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse nursing students in an Australian bachelor of nursing program', Nurse Education Today, 31 238-244 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2010.10.016
Citations Scopus - 29Web of Science - 26
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones, Kerry Hoffman, Sarah Jeong
2010 Jeong Y-S, Hickey N, Levett-Jones TL, Pitt VL, Hoffman KA, Norton CA, Ohr SO, 'Understanding and enhancing the learning experiences of culturally diverse nursing students in a bachelor of nursing program', HNE Handover. For Nurses and Midwives, 3 21-27 (2010) [C2]
Co-authors Sarah Jeong, Kerry Hoffman, Tracy Levett-Jones
2010 Levett-Jones TL, Hoffman KA, Dempsey J, Jeong Y-S, Noble DI, Norton CA, et al., 'The 'five rights' of clinical reasoning: An educational model to enhance nursing students' ability to identify and manage clinically 'at risk' patients', Nurse Education Today, 30 515-520 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2009.10.020
Citations Scopus - 75Web of Science - 57
Co-authors Kerry Hoffman, Tracy Levett-Jones, Sarah Jeong, Danielle Noble
2008 Teale C, Ebert LM, Norton CA, 'Perineal trauma and childbirth: A discussion paper', HNE Handover for Nurses and Midwives, 1 28-31 (2008) [C2]
Co-authors Lyn Ebert
2006 Travers CA, Guttikonda K, Norton CA, Lewis PR, Mollart LJ, Wiley V, et al., 'Idoine status in pregnant women and their newborns: are our babies at risk of iodine deficience?', Medical Journal of Australia, 184 617-620 (2006) [C1]
2006 Travers CA, Guttikonda K, Norton CA, Lewis PR, Mollart LJ, Wiley V, et al., 'Iodine status in pregnant women and their newborns: are our babies at risk of iodine deficiency?', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 184 617-620 (2006)
Citations Scopus - 54Web of Science - 49
Co-authors Lyndall Mollart
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Conference (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Jeong S, Hickey N, Hoffman K, Norton C, Noble D, Pich J, et al., 'Improving experiences of clinical supervisors with undergraduate nursing students in the Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD)', HNE Handover for Nurses and Midwives (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Kerry Hoffman, Danielle Noble, Sarah Jeong
2012 Hickey N, Jeong Y-S, Van Der Riet PJ, Norton CA, 'The experiences of Australian students with international students from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds in a Bachelor of Nursing Program', 14th National Nurse Education Conference 2012. Speaker Abstracts (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Sarah Jeong, Pamela Vanderriet
2011 Dempsey 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 (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Sharyn Hunter, Kerry Hoffman, Carol Arthur, Danielle Noble, Tracy Levett-Jones, Sarah Jeong
2011 Hoffman KA, Dempsey J, Levett-Jones TL, Jeong Y-S, Noble DI, Kenny RP, et al., 'Examining the relationship between interpersonal communication skills and nursing students' clinical reasoning ability', 4th International Clinical Skills Conference: Showcasing Innovation and Evidenced Based Clinical Skills Education and Practice: Abstracts (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Sarah Jeong, Kerry Hoffman, Tracy Levett-Jones, Danielle Noble
2010 Jeong Y-S, Pitt VL, Hickey N, Norton CA, 'Understanding and enhancing the learning experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) nursing students at an Australian University', 3rd International Nurse Education Conference. Poster Programme (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Sarah Jeong
2010 Jeong Y-S, Hickey N, Norton CA, Noble DI, 'What impact does language have on international students' clinical reasoning during simulation?', Symposium: Simulation and Beyond. Creative Teaching Approaches for Improving Patient Safety. Program (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Danielle Noble, Sarah Jeong
2009 Hoffman 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 (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Carol Arthur, Kerry Hoffman, Sarah Jeong, Tracy Levett-Jones, Sharyn Hunter
2009 Palmer L, Norton CA, 'Making research fun: Reflections on assessment, course design and enthusing undergraduate students about research', Australasian Nurse Educators Conference 2009: Concurrent Sessions (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Lorinda Palmer
2009 Dempsey 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 (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Tracy Levett-Jones, Danielle Noble, Sharyn Hunter, Kerry Hoffman
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Other (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Mundy-Taylor J, Norton C, 'The tree of collaboration: Getting to the roots of conducting a collaborative health research project', (2016) [O1]
Co-authors Julie Mundy-Taylor
2015 Chan WC, Day J, Henderson J, Norton C, Palmer L, Webb L, 'Celebrating 25 years: School of Nursing and Midwifery, 1990-2015: The University of Newcastle', . Newcastle, NSW: The University of Newcastle (2015) [O1]
Co-authors Lorinda Palmer, Sally Chan, Jenny Day
2015 Chan WC, Day J, Henderson J, Norton C, Palmer L, Webb L, 'Celebrating 25 years: School of Nursing and Midwifery, 1990-2015: The University of Newcastle', . Newcastle, NSW: The University of Newcastle (2015) [O1]
Co-authors Sally Chan, Lorinda Palmer, Jenny Day
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $69,500

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20131 grants / $69,500

Recruit and retain clinical facilitators and mentors who can provide clinical supervision to undergraduate nursing students at CCLHD$69,500

Funding body: HETI (Health Education and Training Institute)

Funding body HETI (Health Education and Training Institute)
Project Team Doctor Sarah Jeong, Doctor Noelene Hickey, Ms Kerry Hoffman, Ms Danielle Noble, Mrs Carol Norton, Ms Janet Chesworth, Ms Linda Davidson, Ms Suzann Evans
Scheme NSW ICTN Local Project Fund
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300016
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y
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Mrs Carol Norton

Position

Lecturer
SONM Ourimbah staff
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Midwifery

Contact Details

Email carol.norton@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4348 4017
Mobile mobile 0414434639
Fax (02) 4349 4538

Office

Room 1-49
Building Health Precinct building, Ourimbah Campus. Ourimbah.
Location Teaches between Ourimbah and Callaghan campuses. Marketing Officer for the School of Nursing.
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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