Ms Shanna Fealy

Ms Shanna Fealy

Associate Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Career Summary

Biography

Shanna has over 10 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse and Midwife. Completing a Bachelor of Nursing Degree at the University of Western Sydney in 2001. Shanna embarked on a career predominately in cardiac nursing working at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney before taking the opportunity to Nurse abroad in various health facilities in the United Kingdom. Shanna began a career in midwifery in 2005 completing a Graduate Diploma in Midwifery through the Port Macquarie Base Hospital and Charles Sturt University. Shanna became interested in a career in nursing and midwifery education upon completion of her Master of Midwifery studies in 2008 at the University of Newcastle. She accepted various casual academic and clinical teaching appointments before becoming a permanent member of the teaching staff in June 2014.

Throughout this time Shanna has maintained clinical currency as a registered midwife/nurse at the Port Macquarie Base Hospital. Shanna has been involved with the Bachelor of Midwifery program at University of Newcastle Port Macquarie Campus as a lecturer since June 2013. Shanna was actively involved in the development of a new Bachelor of Midwifery curriculum that was accredited in December 2015 and is now actively developing course content for this program.

Shanna is an early career researcher and current PhD candidate with the University of Newcastle. Shanna’s research interests surround improving maternal and infant health. She is currently investigating antenatal weighing and gestational weight gain through her PhD work. As a member of the School of Medicine and Public Health and Hunter Medical Research Institute HMRI, Shanna has been able to establish research networks to progress research in the Mid North Coast Local Health District. Shanna is also involved with research teams currently researching, writing articles and grants for various research projects in the areas of maternal nutrition, perinatal mental health, teaching and learning innovations and translational research.

Shanna's main research interest and Phd focus is investigating antenatal weighing and gestational weight gain. Excessive gestational weight gain is independently associated with both short and long term adverse maternal and infant health outcomes. Weighing pregnant women during antenatal care episodes as an intervention to reduce excessive gestational weight gain particularly in the management of obese pregnant women is currently being recommended however the evidence base for this intervention has not been established. A systematic review and meta -analysis has been undertaken to determine the evidence base for weighing as a stand-alone intervention to reduce excessive gestational weight gain and is being currently being reviewed for publication.

Shanna is additionally a co chief investigator on a midwifery research project that has established a postnatal maternity outpatient clinic at the Port Macquarie Base Hospital. This was made possible by being awarded a

$15 000 Mid North Coast Local Health District Quality and Innovation Grant in 2015.

She is also the Chief Investigator of a postnatal psychosocial education smart phone application project that has attracted 17 000 in grant funding.





Qualifications

  • Master of Midwifery Studies, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Phd Candidate

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111006 Midwifery 60
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 40

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/12/2004 -  Clinical Midwifery Specialist Mid North Coast Local Health District
Port Macquarie Base Hospital
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2014 Teaching & Learning Staff 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.


Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Fealy SM, Taylor RM, Foureur M, Attia J, Ebert L, Bisquera A, Hure AJ, 'Weighing as a stand-alone intervention does not reduce excessive gestational weight gain compared to routine antenatal care: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.', BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 17 36 (2017)
DOI 10.1186/s12884-016-1207-2
Co-authors Alexis Hure, Lyn Ebert, John Attia
2014 Fealy S, Hure A, Browne G, Prince C, 'Developing a clinical care pathway for obese pregnant women: A quality improvement project', Women and Birth, 27 e67-e71 (2014) [C1]

© 2014 Published by Elsevier Australia. Problem: Obesity in pregnancy is associated with an increased incidence of maternal and foetal morbidity and mortality, from conditions li... [more]

© 2014 Published by Elsevier Australia. Problem: Obesity in pregnancy is associated with an increased incidence of maternal and foetal morbidity and mortality, from conditions like preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, preterm birth and stillbirth. Between 20% and 25% of pregnant women in Australia are presenting to their first antenatal appointment with a body mass index (BMI) =30kg/m 2 , defined as obesity in pregnancy. These figures are concerning for midwifery and obstetric staff directly involved in the clinical care of these women and their families. In the absence of national or state clinical practice guidelines for managing the risks for obese pregnant women, a local quality improvement project was conducted. Aim: To plan, implement, and evaluate the impact of an alternative clinical care pathway for pregnant women with a BMI=35kg/m 2 at their first antenatal visit. Project setting: The project was undertaken in the antenatal clinic of a rural referral hospital in NSW, Australia. Subjects: Eighty-two women with a BMI=35kg/m 2 were eligible for the alternative care pathway, offered between January and December 2010. Intervention: The alternative care pathway included the following options, in addition to usual care: written information on obesity in pregnancy, referral to a dietitian, early plus repeat screening for gestational diabetes, liver and renal function pathology tests, serial self-weighing, serial foetal growth ultrasounds, and a pre-labour anaesthetic consultation. Findings: Despite being educated on the risk associated with obesity in pregnancy, women did not take up the offers of dietetic support or self-weighing at each antenatal visit. Ultrasounds were well received and most women underwent gestational diabetes screening.

DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2014.09.001
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Alexis Hure, Graeme Browne
2014 Hure A, Gresham E, Lai J, Anderson A, Martin J, Fealy S, Blumfield M, 'Nutrition in pregnancy: The balancing act', International Journal of Birth and Parent Education, 1 7-12 (2014) [C2]
Co-authors Amy Anderson, Alexis Hure

Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Fealy S, Jones D, Ebert L, Dowse E, Wynne O, Zhang M, Chan S, 'Developing a ¿Postnatal Psychoeducational¿ smartphone application for first time mothers', Developing a ¿Postnatal Psychoeducational¿ smartphone application for first time mothers (2016)
Co-authors Eileen Dowse, Donovan Jones, Lyn Ebert, Olivia Wynne, Sally Chan
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $52,698

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20171 grants / $20,000

Supporting postnatal first-time mothers – An RCT of a new mobile$20,000

Funding body: Hunter Medical Research Institute

Funding body Hunter Medical Research Institute
Project Team Professor Sally Chan, Doctor Lyn Ebert, Mr Donovan Jones, Doctor Eileen Dowse, Ms Shanna Fealy
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700189
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20161 grants / $17,698

An app-based postnatal psychoeducational program for first-time mothers – A randomized controlled trial$17,698

Funding body: Mid North Coast Local Health District

Funding body Mid North Coast Local Health District
Project Team Ms Shanna Fealy, Professor Sally Chan, Doctor Eileen Dowse, Mr Donovan Jones, Doctor Olivia Wynne
Scheme Research Support Grant Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1600633
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

20151 grants / $15,000

Research Quality & Improvement Grant$15,000

Funding body: Mid North Coast Local Heralth District

Funding body Mid North Coast Local Heralth District
Scheme Mid North Coast Local Health District
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON N
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Ms Shanna Fealy

Position

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

Contact Details

Email shanna.fealy@newcastle.edu.au
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