Ms Jessica Wood

Ms Jessica Wood

Associate Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Midwifery)

Career Summary

Biography

Jessica has an academic background within the nursing and midwifery professions, having completed a Bachelor of Nursing in 2008, a Graduate Diploma in Midwifery in 2010, and a Master of Midwifery Studies with Distinction in 2013; all through the University of Newcastle.  She has worked for the University of Newcastle since 2013, and has a decade of clinical experience as both a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife within Hunter Area Health.

Jessica has strong passions for the field of midwifery education and changes within the fields of technology that can be used to better enhance learning experiences, particularly for student midwives in a clinical setting.  The University of Newcastle is currently paving the way in innovative teaching methods within midwifery by utilising virtual reality equipment in its teaching and learning.  Jessica is at the forefront of exploring the use of these new technologies and their benefits to student learning.  Jessica is currently enrolled in a PhD where she is focusing on the use of a virtual reality neonatal resuscitation app being utilised with Bachelor of Midwifery students at UoN.  The research seeks to answer the question: "How does a multi-modal approach to teaching neonatal resuscitation influence confidence and stress levels in 2nd year midwifery students?" This research takes on a mixed-methods approach and was conducted across two cohorts of students in 2018 and 2019.   Data collection is now complete and analysis is currently underway.

"What we currently know is that health practitioners who are under increased levels of stress during emergency situations are more likely to make errors in their practice, have a poorer response time in implementing appropriate treatments/interventions, and subsequently put patient safety at risk" Jessica has said.  According to the Australian and New Zealand Resuscitation Council (ANZCOR), up to 15% of babies require some form of resuscitation at birth, therefore making this one of the most common emergency situations student and registered midwives will face during their careers.  "This research is important as it will allow us to evaluate the effectiveness of using virtual reality in improving student confidence, competence and access to neonatal resuscitation simulation training, while potentially demonstrating a reduction in stress markers as a result."  It is expected that results from this study may highlight whether there are benefits of using virtual reality as a teaching tool, in conjunction with the standard methods of training currently being used across Australian universities.

You can read more about the use of VR within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at UoN here:

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/newsroom/featured-news/a-new-world-in-sight-virtual-reality-to-advance-human-health

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4686072/the-tech-that-virtually-puts-theory-to-the-test/?cs=303

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/university-of-newcastle-builds-vr-experiences-to-save-babies-lives/news-story/8ad4aa82e981eb876c533b3181af84a2?csp=f671a1b4951baadfeb0eb6a420f552c7

http://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace-relations/a-reality-check-for-midwifery-20170614-gwqta9.html?csp=98e73e84d1b7fa9af31f1c07968bac82

https://healthtimes.com.au/hub/midwifery/38/interview/kk1/boosting-midwifery-education-in-a-virtual-world/2785/


Qualifications

  • Master of Midwifery Studies with Distinction, University of Newcastle
  • Registered Midwife, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
  • Bachelor of Nursing, University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Diploma in Midwifery, University of Newcastle
  • Registered Nurse, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

Keywords

  • Babies
  • Education
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Teaching
  • Technology
  • Virtual Reality
  • Women

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111006 Midwifery 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
14/11/2016 - 24/2/2017 Casual Academic via Distance

Experience during employment:

- Subject coordinator for postgraduate study - Graduate Diploma in Midwifery

- Familiarity with Interact2 platform, EASTS and Bridgit Conferencing Software

- Managing discussion forums online

- Assessment marking, consultation and student feedback

- Participation in staff/school meetings via teleconference

Charles Sturt University
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health
Australia
13/3/2013 - 22/1/2017 Sessional Academic

Experience during employment:

- Lecturer, tutor and educator across the Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Midwifery degrees

- Clinical labs, clinical assessments and simulation

- Course management, curriculum and course outline review, input into exam and quiz questions

- Educational workshops and mass lecture days

- Assessment marking, marking rubric review

- Involvement in 'wet lab' days for Bachelor of Midwifery students

- Staff and student meetings, mediation and altered pathways for students

- Experience with teleconferencing, Collaborate, ECHO, Blackboard and Turnitin

- Knowledge of APA referencing 6th Edition

The University of Newcastle, NSW
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
26/9/2016 - 25/11/2016 Casual Academic

Experience during employment:

- Casual academic within the Bachelor of Midwifery degree

- Involvement in course review, assessment item review, and textbook updating/revision

- Participation in on-campus workshop days for the midwifery team

- Assessment marking and student feedback

Southern Cross University
School of Health and Human Sciences
Australia
14/3/2017 - 31/5/2017 Casual academic via distance

Casual academic within the Bachelor of Nursing degree

  • Assessment marking and student feedback

Australian Catholic University
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
20/1/2014 - 16/1/2017 Registered Nurse / Registered Midwife

- Clinical work at Maitland Hospital

- Shifts across all main midwifery fields - Maternity Ward (primary area), Birthing Suite, Special Care Nursery, Antenatal Clinic

- Regularly allocated as the In-Charge Midwife

- Mentoring and supervising Bachelor of Midwifery students

- Providing care for gynaecology, general medical, general surgical and orthopaedic patients (women only) admitted to the Maternity Ward

- Ongoing professional development through inservices, online training courses, workshops, face to face training days

- Annual Performance reviews with the Midwifery Unit Manager

Hunter New England Area Health - Maitland Hospital
Maternity Unit
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2018 Best Higher Degree Research Student Presentation - Maternal Child and Family Health
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle

Prize

Year Award
2014 The School of Nursing and Midwifery Prize for Master of Midwifery Studies
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
MIDI1101 Introduction to Midwifery and the Childbearing Woman
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 18/2/2019 - 30/6/2019
MIDI2103 Midwifery Clinical Practice 2
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Tutor 27/2/2017 - 23/6/2017
NURS1101 Foundations of Professional Practice 1A
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Tutor 27/2/2017 - 23/6/2017
NURS3108 Care of the Compromised Neonate
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Tutor 27/2/2017 - 23/6/2017
MIDI2204 Midwifery Complex Practice B
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 1/7/2017 - 30/11/2017
MIDI3202 Transitioning to Professional Practice
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 1/7/2018 - 30/11/2018
MIDI3201 Transition to Professional Practice
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 1/7/2018 - 30/11/2018
MIDI1101 Introduction to Midwifery and the Childbearing Woman
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 24/2/2020 - 26/6/2020
MIDI3104 Contemporary Maternity Care Issues
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 24/2/2020 - 26/6/2020
MIDI3201 Transition to Professional Practice
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 1/7/2017 - 30/11/2017
MIDI2203 Midwifery Complex Care B
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 1/7/2017 - 30/11/2017
MIDI3105 Midwifery Practice and Contemporary Maternity Care
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 24/2/2020 - 26/6/2020
MIDI3105 Midwifery Practice and Contemporary Maternity Care
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 18/2/2019 - 30/6/2019
MIDI3105 Midwifery Practice and Contemporary Maternity Care
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 19/2/2018 - 15/7/2018
NURS2101 Foundations of Professional Practice 2A
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Tutor 6/2/2017 - 1/7/2017
MIDI3104 Contemporary Maternity Care Issues
School of Nursing and Midwifery University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 18/2/2019 - 30/6/2019
MIDI3104 Contemporary Maternity Care Issues
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 19/2/2018 - 1/7/2018
MIDI3202 Transitioning to Professional Practice
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 1/7/2019 - 30/11/2019
MIDI2204 Midwifery Complex Practice B
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 1/7/2018 - 30/11/2018
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Publications

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


Journal article (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Williams J, Ebert L, Duff J, 'Neonatal resuscitation training for midwives in Australia: A discussion of current practice', Women and Birth, 33 e505-e510 (2020)

© 2020 Background: More than 300,000 babies are born in Australia each year, with almost 20% of newborns requiring some form of neonatal resuscitation at birth. The most common fi... [more]

© 2020 Background: More than 300,000 babies are born in Australia each year, with almost 20% of newborns requiring some form of neonatal resuscitation at birth. The most common first responders to a neonatal resuscitation emergency are midwives. While the Australian and New Zealand Council on Resuscitation guides midwives¿ practice during a neonatal resuscitation, each state and territory uses varying strategies to train and assess midwives proficiency in neonatal resuscitation. Aim: To examine the neonatal resuscitation training requirements for midwives and raise awareness for the lack of consistency in training in Australia. Discussion: A significant variation was found in the teaching methods and frequency of training for neonatal resuscitation across Australia. Neonatal resuscitation is mandated through a state-wide guideline or policy in only four of the states with seven formal neonatal resuscitation training programs used across seven states and territories. Although a multi-modal approach to learning is present in all of the programs, the combination of teaching methods differ. Conclusion and Recommendations: A standardised, evidence-based training program is required to ensure consistency in training for midwives in Australia. Multi-modal learning is common across all current training programs; however, the best combination of multi-modal teaching methods needs to be determined. Neonatal resuscitation training needs to occur at least annually, as recommended by the Australian and New Zealand Council on Resuscitation.

DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2020.01.002
Co-authors Jed Duff, Lyn Ebert
2018 Williams J, Jones D, Walker R, 'Consideration of using virtual reality for teaching neonatal resuscitation to midwifery students', Nurse Education in Practice, 31 126-129 (2018) [C1]

© 2018 Within the last decade, there has been significant change in the way tertiary midwifery education has been delivered to students. The use of blended teaching methods and th... [more]

© 2018 Within the last decade, there has been significant change in the way tertiary midwifery education has been delivered to students. The use of blended teaching methods and the introduction of simulated learning experiences has been observed in the literature to improve students¿ self-confidence, competence, clinical judgement and decision-making abilities. Simulation is seen to be particularly important when practising skills that may be infrequently encountered in practice, such as clinical emergencies. Neonatal resuscitation is the most common neonatal emergency encountered within midwifery today, with up to 15% of babies requiring some form of resuscitation at birth. Recent research describes the benefits of using a multi-modal approach to teaching neonatal resuscitation, utilising both theory and simulated learning methods. One emerging method of simulation is that of virtual reality (VR), which has been recognised for its enormous educational potential in risk-free clinical skills training. Currently, however, there is limited research looking at the use of VR in emergency skills training. This article examines the literature to highlight the potential benefits that VR simulation could provide for emergency skills training, as well as the potential challenges that should be acknowledged.

DOI 10.1016/j.nepr.2018.05.016
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 11
Co-authors Donovan Jones, Rohan Walker

Conference (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Williams J, Ebert L, Duff J, 'Multi-modal learning using virtual reality technology in neonatal resuscitation: Exploring benefits and limitations', WOMEN AND BIRTH (2019)
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2019.07.169
Co-authors Jed Duff, Lyn Ebert
2019 Williams J, 'Bridging the Gap between the Classroom and Clinic with Virtual Applications to Enhance Student Learning and Reduce Real-World Risks', Melbourne, Australia (2019)
2019 Williams J, 'Multi-modal learning using virtual reality simulation in neonatal resuscitation: A new educational approach', Gold Coast, Australia (2019)
2019 Williams J, 'Closely Examining Virtual Reality Technology as a New Generation Learning Tool', Sydney, Australia (2019)
2019 Williams J, 'Virtual Reality Simulation for Neonatal Resuscitation: Bridging the Gap Between the Classroom and the Clinical Environment', Newcastle, Australia (2019)
2018 Williams J, 'How the University of Newcastle Builds Virtual Reality Experiences for Students to Save Babies Lives', Sydney, Australia (2018)
2018 Williams J, 'How the University of Newcastle Builds Virtual Reality Experiences for Students to Save Babies Lives', Melbourne, Australia (2018)
2017 Williams J, Jones D, Ebert L, Williams C, 'Exploring the use of Virtual Reality technology in neonatal resuscitation simulation for midwifery students', WOMEN AND BIRTH (2017)
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2017.08.035
Co-authors Donovan Jones, Lyn Ebert
2017 Williams J, 'Simulated Learning in Midwifery: Exploring the use of virtual reality technology in neonatal resuscitation', Melbourne, Australia (2017)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $10,000

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20201 grants / $5,000

FHEAM EDIC Academic Staff PhD Support Grant$5,000

Funding body: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee - Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle

Funding body Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee - Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Project Team

Jessica Wood

Scheme PhD Support Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20191 grants / $5,000

Supporting professional development and patient safety through online clinical supervision during (WIL) placements.$5,000

Funding body: Australian Collaborative Education Network Limited (ACEN)

Funding body Australian Collaborative Education Network Limited (ACEN)
Project Team Doctor Lyn Ebert, Doctor Eileen Dowse, Ms Jessica Wood
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2020
GNo G1901445
Type Of Funding C3111 - Aust For profit
Category 3111
UON Y
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Ms Jessica Wood

Position

Associate Lecturer
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Midwifery

Contact Details

Email jessica.wood10@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4985 4486
Mobile 0437111881
Link Personal webpage

Office

Room RW-225
Building Richardson Wing
Location Callaghan Campus
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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