Dr Karen McNeil

Dr Karen McNeil

Research Associate

Newcastle Business School (Management and Organisational Studies)

Career Summary

Biography

Since commencing with the University in 2005, Karen has had the opportunity to work with researchers from business, nursing and medicine enabling her to build strong interdisciplinary research and project management skills. She has also worked in teaching and learning roles within the Newcastle Business School, primarily in the field of Human Resources Management. Prior to joining the University, Karen worked as a Human Resources Manager in the manufacturing and mining sectors.

Karen’s PhD research focussed on professional identity and team functioning within the health sector, collaborating with a team of university and local health district researchers from management and nursing. Her current research projects span such diverse areas as climate adaptation and energy transitions, extended scopes of practice in rural healthcare, managing dementia in general practice, global mobility and retention of health professionals and gender equality in the medical technology sector.

Research Expertise
Research project management and co-ordination
Qualitative research – design, ethics, data collection & analysis
Coordination and preparation of grant applications.
Co-authoring and editing of reports and publications in a range of disciplines



Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Newcastle
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Health services research
  • Human resources management
  • Management
  • Organisational behaviour

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
150311 Organisational Behaviour 50
150310 Organisation and Management Theory 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Research Associate University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
21/08/2018 - 13/05/2019 Research Associate Newcastle Business School | University of Newcastle | Australia
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
6/05/2019 -  Research Assistant Newcastle Business School | University of Newcastle | Australia
Australia
1/04/2019 -  Senior Research Assistant School of Medicine & Public Health, Faculty of Health & Medicine, University of Newcastle | Australia
Australia

Awards

Prize

Year Award
2005 Graduate Management Association Prize
Graduate Management Association of Australia
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Publications

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


Journal article (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 O'Brien AP, McNeil KA, Dawson AC, 'The student experience of clinical supervision across health disciplines Perspectives and remedies to enhance clinical placement', Nurse Education in Practice, 34 48-55 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.nepr.2018.11.006
Co-authors Amanda Dawson, Tony Obrien
2019 Smith T, McNeil K, Mitchell R, Boyle B, Ries N, 'A study of macro-, meso- and micro-barriers and enablers affecting extended scopes of practice: the case of rural nurse practitioners in Australia', BMC NURSING, 18 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12912-019-0337-z
Co-authors Nola Ries, Rebecca Mitchell, Brendan Boyle, Tony Smith
2018 O'Brien AP, Hurley J, Linsley P, McNeil K, Fletcher R, Aitken RJ, 'Men s Preconception Health: A Primary Health-Care Viewpoint', American Journal of Men's Health, 12 1575-1581 (2018) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1557988318776513
Co-authors John Aitken, Richard Fletcher, Tony Obrien
2017 O'Brien AP, McNeil K, Fletcher R, Conrad A, Wilson A, Jones D, Chan W, 'New fathers perinatal depression & anxiety - treatment options: an integrative review', American Journal of Men's Health, 11 863-876 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/1557988316669047
Citations Scopus - 11Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Sally Chan, Donovan Jones, Agatha Conrad, Richard Fletcher, Amanda Wilson, Tony Obrien
2015 Giles M, Watts W, O'Brien A, Berenger S, Paul M, McNeil K, Bantawa K, 'Does our bundle stack up! Innovative nurse-led changes for preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI)', Healthcare Infection, 20 62-71 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control. Introduction The aim of this project was to develop and implement an innovative nurse-led model of care in the us... [more]

© 2015 Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control. Introduction The aim of this project was to develop and implement an innovative nurse-led model of care in the use and management of indwelling urinary catheters (IUC) utilising evidence-based 'bundle interventions' to reduce the incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). Design and method A pre and post intervention study designed to progress in three phases was conducted in the orthopaedic ward and urology ward of a large tertiary referral facility. Phase one involved a clinical data collection pre intervention on all inpatients receiving an IUC over a 3-month period from February to April 2013. A staff survey assessed knowledge and skills and an evidence-based care bundle, nurse-led protocols, and education resources were developed through collaboration with clinicians. Phase two involved implementation and Phase three was an evaluation with the primary outcome targets being reduced IUC usage, days IUC in situ and incidence of CAUTI. Results Pre audit data revealed a high rate of IUC use: 31% of all inpatients in the orthopaedic ward and 25% in the urology ward. Compliance with current guidelines was inconsistent and documentation related to IUCs was poor. Overall CAUTI rate was relatively low at 2.2% of all patients with an IUC and was higher in the orthopaedic ward. Conclusion The development of a systematic and standardised approach to IUC care for inpatients using bundle care interventions will potentially reduce IUC use, provide a clear pathway for nurse-initiated IUC removal and reduce the incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI).

DOI 10.1071/HI14035
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Tony Obrien
2015 O'Brien AP, Giles M, Corbett L, Wagener S, Ross L, Bantawa K, et al., 'Exploring the Ambulatory Transitional Care Experience from Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) to Ambulatory Care Services', GSTF Journal of Nusing and Health Care (JNHC), 3 48-57 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.5176/2345-718X_3.1.90
Co-authors Tony Obrien
2015 McNeil K, Mitchell R, Parker V, 'The paradoxical effects of workforce shortages on rural interprofessional practice', Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 29 73-82 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/scs.12129
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell
2014 Mitchell RJ, Boyle B, Burgess J, McNeil K, ' You Can't Make a Good Wine without a Few Beers : Gatekeepers and knowledge flow in industrial districts', Journal of Business Research, 67 2198-2206 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jbusres.2014.01.007
Citations Scopus - 14Web of Science - 10
Co-authors John Burgess, Rebecca Mitchell, Brendan Boyle
2013 Mitchell R, Paliadelis P, Mcneil K, Parker V, Giles M, Higgins I, et al., 'Effective interprofessional collaboration in rural contexts: A research protocol', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 69 2317-2326 (2013) [C3]

Aim: To describe the research protocol that will be used to investigate factors contributing to effective interprofessional practice in a rural context in Australia. Background: I... [more]

Aim: To describe the research protocol that will be used to investigate factors contributing to effective interprofessional practice in a rural context in Australia. Background: Interprofessional practice is a key strategy for overcoming rural health challenges; however, our knowledge of interprofessional initiatives and consequences in rural areas is limited. Design: A modified realistic evaluation approach will be used to explore the structures, systems, and social processes contributing to effective interprofessional outcomes. This 'context-mechanism-outcome' approach provides a useful framework for identifying why and how interprofessional practice works in rural contexts. Method: Initial propositions regarding the factors that explain effective collaborative practice will be generated through interviews with lead clinicians, policy-makers, and clinician managers. Clinician interviews, document analysis, and multi-participant focus groups will be used as evidence to support, refine, or redevelop the initial propositions. This will allow the development of a model of rural interprofessional practice that will explain how and why collaborative approaches work in rural environments. This study is funded by an Institute of Rural Clinical Services and Teaching grant (January 2010). Discussion: Rural healthcare challenges are well documented; however, studies investigating the nature of interprofessional practice in rural contexts are not common. Rural contexts also present research design, particularly data collection, challenges. This proposed research is one of the first to identify the factors that facilitate or constrain effective interprofessional work in rural settings. This is particularly important, given the continuing workforce shortages and maldistribution and poorer health outcomes in rural communities globally. © 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

DOI 10.1111/jan.12083
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell, Isabel Higgins
2013 McNeil K, Mitchell R, Parker V, 'Interprofessional Practice and Professional Identity Threat', Health Sociology Review, 22 291-307 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.5172/hesr.2013.22.3.291
Citations Scopus - 45Web of Science - 39
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell
2013 Parker V, McNeil K, Higgins I, Mitchell R, Paliadelis P, Giles M, Parmenter G, 'How health professionals conceive and construct interprofessional practice in rural settings: a qualitative study', BMC Health Services Research, 13 5 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1472-6963-13-500
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9
Co-authors Isabel Higgins, Rebecca Mitchell
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Review (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 O'Brien AP, McNeil K, Fletcher R, Conrad A, Wilson A, Jones D, Chan S, 'Should fathers postnatal depression be part of maternal and newborn health services? (2017)
Co-authors Tony Obrien, Amanda Wilson, Richard Fletcher, Agatha Conrad, Donovan Jones

Conference (13 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 O'Brien AP, Hurley J, Linsley P, Fletcher R, McNeil K, Aitken RJ, et al., 'Men s preconception Health, Healthy Fathers, A Practice Nurse Approach.', Tony O'Brien, Adv Practice Nurs 2018, Volume 3, Zurich Switzerland (2018)
DOI 10.4172/2573-0347-C6-031
Co-authors Richard Fletcher, Tony Obrien, John Aitken
2018 McNeil K, Mitchell R, Boyle B, Smith AN, Ries N, 'The nurse-doctor : Nurse practitioners, disruption and identity threat', Samos, Greece (2018)
Co-authors Brendan Boyle, Rebecca Mitchell, Tony Smith
2017 Smith AN, McNeil K, Mitchell R, Boyle B, Ries N, 'Exploring factors affecting uptake of extended scope of practice in rural areas', Cairns (2017)
Co-authors Tony Smith, Brendan Boyle, Nola Ries
2016 O'Brien A, Dawson AC, McNeil K, Olaisen JA, Dempsey S, Veysey M, et al., 'The Role of the Clinical Supervisor in interprofessional pre-registration student clinical education', Hong Kong (2016)
Co-authors Amanda Dawson, Sally Chan, Tony Obrien, Shane Dempsey, Martin Veysey
2011 Ryan SE, Groen E, McNeil KA, Nadolny A, Bhattacharyya A, 'Sessional employment and quality in universities: A risky business', Research and Development in Higher Education: Reshaping Higher Education Volume 34, Gold Coast (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Egbert Groen, Asit Bhatta, Andrew Nadolny, Suzanne Ryan
2011 Nadolny A, McNeil KA, Ryan SE, Groen E, Bhattacharyya A, ''McJobs': A comparison of the academic and McDonald's casual worker experience', The Way Forward - Austerity or Stimulus? Incorporating the 13th Path to Full Employment Conference and 18th National Conference on Unemployment, Newcastle, NSW (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Asit Bhatta, Suzanne Ryan, Egbert Groen, Andrew Nadolny
2011 Ryan SE, Bhattacharyya A, McNeil KA, 'Academic work: A sessionalised future?', 25th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference: The Future of Work and Organisations, Wellington, NZ (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Suzanne Ryan, Asit Bhatta
2011 Groen E, McNeil KA, Ryan SE, Bhattacharyya A, Nadolny A, 'Sessionals: Doing the job for Universities?', Proceedings of the 25th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Auckland, NZ (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Suzanne Ryan, Asit Bhatta, Egbert Groen, Andrew Nadolny
2010 McNeil KA, Bhattacharyya A, Nadolny A, Groen E, Ryan SE, 'Casual, committed but disconnected: The impact of precarious employment practices in higher education', The 10th Annual Pacific Employment Relations Association Conference Proceedings Part II, Gold Coast, QLD (2010) [E1]
Co-authors Asit Bhatta, Andrew Nadolny, Egbert Groen, Suzanne Ryan
2010 Nadolny A, Bhattacharyya A, McNeil KA, Groen E, Ryan SE, 'The challenge of precarious employment practices on the delivery of quality teaching and learning outcomes in higher education', Proceedings of ICERI2010 Conference, Madrid, Spain (2010) [E1]
Co-authors Andrew Nadolny, Suzanne Ryan, Asit Bhatta, Egbert Groen
2010 Ryan SE, McNeil KA, Bhattacharyya A, Nadolny A, Groen E, 'Barriers to inclusion of sessional academics in matters of discipline', Rethinking Learning in Your Discipline. Proceedings of the University Learning and Teaching Futures Colloquium, 2010, Armidale, NSW (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Egbert Groen, Asit Bhatta, Suzanne Ryan, Marcus Rodrigs, Andrew Nadolny
2009 Mitchell RJ, Boyle BP, Waterhouse JM, McNeil KA, Burgess KJ, 'Institutional thickness and inter-organisational collaboration in clusters', 'The Business of Wine': The Inaugural Wine Business Research Symposium: Conference Proceedings, Newcastle, NSW (2009) [E1]
Co-authors Jennifer Waterhouse, John Burgess, Brendan Boyle, Rebecca Mitchell
2009 Mitchell RJ, Burgess KJ, Waterhouse JM, McNeil KA, 'Knowledge flow in clustered SMES: Technological specialists as knowledge gatekeepers', Society for Global Business & Economic Development (SGBD): The Second Research Symposium: Program, Dubai (2009) [E3]
Co-authors Rebecca Mitchell, John Burgess, Jennifer Waterhouse
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Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 O'Brien AP, McNeil K, Dawson A, Olaisen JA, Veysey M, Dempsey S, et al., 'The role of the Clinical Supervisor (CS) in inter professional pre-registration student clinical education the unmet educational need in university wide health studies clinical practice stage two,', ICTN/HETI, 50 (2015) [R1]
Co-authors Tony Obrien, Martin Veysey, Sally Chan, Shane Dempsey, Amanda Dawson
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $20,454

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20151 grants / $20,454

The role of the Clinical Supervisor (CS) in interprofessional pre-registration student clinical education – the unmet educational need in university wide health studies clinical practice – stage t$20,454

Funding body: Mid North Coast Local Health District

Funding body Mid North Coast Local Health District
Project Team Professor Tony O'Brien, Doctor Karen McNeil, Associate Professor Shane Dempsey, Mrs Michelle Giles, Associate Professor Amanda Dawson, Associate Professor Martin Veysey, Ms Julie-Anne Olaisen, Ms Joy Taylor, Professor Sally Chan
Scheme Hunter and Coast ICTN Research and Quality Improvement Small Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500756
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y
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Dr Karen McNeil

Positions

Research Associate
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Casual Senior Research Assistant
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Casual Research Assistant
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Casual Research Assistant
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Casual Research Assistant
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area

Management and Organisational Studies

Contact Details

Email karen.mcneil@newcastle.edu.au
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