Ms Shanna Fealy

Ms Shanna Fealy

Conjoint Lecturer

School of Medicine and Public Health

Career Summary

Biography

Shanna has over 15 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse and Midwife. Completing a Bachelor of Nursing Degree at the University of Western Sydney in 2001. Shanna gained extensive experince working in various health facilities in Australia and in the United Kingdom. Shanna began a career in midwifery in 2005 completing a Graduate Diploma in Midwifery at Charles Sturt University. Shanna then progressed into 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 universities teaching staff in June 2013.

Shanna has been integral to the development and growth of the Bachelor of Midwifery program at University of Newcastle's Port Macquarie Campus. Shanna has actively established and maintained research and teaching collaborations across the Mid North Coast Local Health District supporting the professional development of midwifery staff students and registered midwives. 

Shanna is an early career researcher and current PhD candidate. Shanna’s research interests surround improving maternal and infant health and the use of immersive technologies in nursing and midwifery education. She is currently investigating antenatal weighing and weight related behaviour in her PhD work. Shanna is a member of the School of Medicine and Public Health, Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) and priority research centre for health behaviour. Shanna is currently the lead investigator for the "support for new mums" randomised controlled trial, a study testing the effectiveness of a mobile smart phone postnatal application for first time mothers, within the mid north coast local health district.  Shanna is also conducting research exploring the use of immersive technologies for nursing and midwifery education locally and with international research collaborations.






Qualifications

  • Master of Midwifery Studies, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Phd Candidate
  • immersive technologies

Fields of Research

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

Professional Experience

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 (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Fealy S, Davis D, Foureur M, Attia J, Hazelton M, Hure A, 'The return of weighing in pregnancy: A discussion of evidence and practice', Women and Birth, (2019)
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2019.05.014
Co-authors Alexis Hure, Michael Hazelton, Maralyn Foureur, John Attia
2019 Wilson AJ, Fealy S, Barnett M, 'Barriers and enablers for smoking cessation amongst pregnant women: An Umbrella Review', Women and Birth, 32 310-317 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2018.10.007
Co-authors Amanda Wilson
2019 Fealy S, Chan S, Wynne O, Dowse E, Ebert L, Ho R, et al., 'The Support for New Mums Project: A protocol for a pilot randomized controlled trial designed to test a postnatal psychoeducation smartphone application', JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING, 75 1347-1359 (2019)
DOI 10.1111/jan.13971
Co-authors Eileen Dowse, Olivia Wynne, Sally Chan, Donovan Jones, Lyn Ebert
2019 Fealy S, Jones D, Hutton A, Graham K, McNeill L, Sweet L, Hazelton M, 'The integration of immersive virtual reality in tertiary nursing and midwifery education: A scoping review', Nurse Education Today, 79 14-19 (2019) [C1]

© 2019 Elsevier Ltd Background: Immersive virtual reality is an advancing technology that has the potential to change the traditional pedagogical approaches to teaching tertiary n... [more]

© 2019 Elsevier Ltd Background: Immersive virtual reality is an advancing technology that has the potential to change the traditional pedagogical approaches to teaching tertiary nursing and midwifery students. The application of immersive virtual reality in nursing and midwifery education may be a novel, accessible method for information provision and skill acquisition, however little is known of the extent of immersive virtual reality technology integration into tertiary nursing and midwifery programs. Objectives: The purpose of this review is to identify the application and integration of immersive virtual reality within nursing and midwifery tertiary education programs. Design: A scoping review based on the Joanna Briggs Institute methodology for scoping reviews was undertaken. An a priori review protocol and eligibility criterion was developed with the protocol subject to review a posteriori following first round screening. An electronic search of ten databases was conducted in January 2018. Results: A total of n = 506 non-duplicate records were identified and subjected to level one and level two screening. The search strategy and screening process identified n = 2 articles that were quality checked and included for review. Conclusions: There is currently a paucity of quality published literature on the application and/or integration of immersive virtual reality into nursing and midwifery tertiary education. Immersive virtual reality has the potential to increase competence and confidence for students providing accessible and repeatable learning opportunities in a fail-safe environment. There is a need for educators to be involved in the conceptualisation, design, integration and research of immersive virtual reality technology into undergraduate nursing and midwifery programs.

DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2019.05.002
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Michael Hazelton, Donovan Jones, Alison Hutton
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 AND CHILDBIRTH, 17 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12884-016-1207-2
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9
Co-authors John Attia, Maralyn Foureur, Rachael Taylor, Alexis Hure, Lyn Ebert
2017 Taylor RM, Fealy SM, Bisquera A, Smith R, Collins CE, Evans T-J, Hure AJ, 'Effects of Nutritional Interventions during Pregnancy on Infant and Child Cognitive Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.', Nutrients, 9 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.3390/nu9111265
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 10
Co-authors Clare Collins, Alexis Hure, Roger Smith, Rachael Taylor
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 lik... [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/m2, 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/m2 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/m2 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 - 5Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Graeme Browne, Alexis Hure
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
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Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Jones D, Siang See Z, Billinghurst M, Goodman L, Fealy S, 'Extended Reality for Midwifery Learning: MR VR Demonstration' (2019)
DOI 10.1145/3359997.3365739
Co-authors Donovan Jones, Zisiang See
2017 Fealy S, Jones D, Ebert L, Dowse EM, Wynne O, Chan W, ' Supporting new Mums Developing a postnatal psycho-educational smartphone application for first time mothers', Supporting new Mums Developing a postnatal psycho-educational smartphone application for first time mothers, Adelaide, South Australia (2017)
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2017.08.079
Co-authors Sally Chan, Donovan Jones, Lyn Ebert, Olivia Wynne, Eileen Dowse
2017 Tierney O, Fealy SM, 'Postnatal Maternity Outpatient Clinic: An innovation in postnatal care', Postnatal Maternity Outpatient Clinic: An innovation in postnatal care, Adelaide, SOuth Australia (2017)
DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2017.08.081
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, HMRI (2016)
Co-authors Eileen Dowse, Lyn Ebert, Donovan Jones, Olivia Wynne, Sally Chan
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $52,697

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20172 grants / $37,697

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, Doctor Donovan Jones, Doctor Eileen Dowse, Ms Shanna Fealy
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700189
Type Of Funding C3120 - Aust Philanthropy
Category 3120
UON Y

An app-based postnatal psychoeducational program for first-time mothers – A randomized controlled trial$17,697

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, Doctor Donovan Jones, Doctor Olivia Wynne
Scheme Research Support Grant Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1600633
Type Of Funding C2220 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Other
Category 2220
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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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current2

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2020 PhD Dietary Iron During Pregnancy: Finding the Right Balance PhD (Public Health & BehavSci), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2017 PhD Conflict Resolution and Virtual Reality PhD (Midwifery), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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News

Ground-breaking conflict simulator helps train budding nurses

November 25, 2019

A world-first virtual reality (VR) simulation is helping train nursing students at the University of Newcastle in conflict resolution.

Ms Shanna Fealy

Position

Conjoint Lecturer
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email shanna.fealy@newcastle.edu.au
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