Dr Sharyn Hunter

Dr Sharyn Hunter

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Nursing)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Sharyn Hunter is a lecturer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle, Australia. She has a passionate interest in the preparation of students for nursing older people and has received awards for her teaching from the University of Newcastle and the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. Sharyn’s research interests include the preparation of health professionals to be work-ready and the development of their clinical reasoning. She has recently published an undergraduate textbook for nurses about healthy ageing and has published and presented papers, both nationally and internationally, in these areas.

Research Expertise
Dr Hunter uses both quantitative and qualitative research methods to conduct and supervise studies about the development of nurse practice, clinical reasoning and simulation. Her PhD on the professional development of Registered Nurses (RN's) in Residential Aged Care (RAC) and the use of multiple case studies approach allowed for the exploration of the topic in real-life context.

Previously, the boundaries between aged care nursing practices and the management of aged care facilities were clear. This study provided evidence of the blurring of these boundaries with respect to the roles and functions of nurses. The multiple sources of data showed recurring patterns of behaviours that led to the development of a model that reflected the changes in RN practices in RAC.

The presence of RN's in aged care is critical. However, staff development includes a need to be proactive, feasible and realistic in the contexts in which aged care is delivered. RAC now provides the opportunity for RNs to practise at an advanced level. It allows for the use of a range of sophisticated skills in critical thinking, problem solving and reflective practice that lead to enhanced delivery of care to residents.

Dr Hunter has been involved in a number of University of Newcastle funded clinical reasoning projects. She was member of a team that explored simulation and clinical reasoning in undergraduate nurses and funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. She is a member of the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Evidence Synthesis Group and has trained to undertake systematic reviews for JBI. 

Teaching Expertise
Dr Hunter lectures to both undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students, with a focus on the health and illness of the older people. Prior to becoming an academic, Sharyn was a senior clinician working in aged care and facilitated the change of ‘old’ nursing roles in residential and community aged care services. Her research and clinical expertise have been recognised nationally and internationally. She has received awards for her contribution to student learning, the Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching: Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2008) and Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2010).

Sharyn continually strives to improve her teaching and to motivate and inspire her students. She encourages students to follow their interest in nursing older people and to show the career path that is possible for them to achieve, with positive results. "Thank you from myself and also in advance from the elderly I will be caring for with a brighter and renewed sense of care....I'd like to sincerely thank you for all your wonderful guidance and direction you have provided." "Your delivery of the subject always came across with such a great insight and realism that made learning so worthwhile."

Administrative Expertise
Course co ordination within the undergraduate and post graduate program; Student Academic Conduct Officer ( held this position for 2 years). Assist with the coordination of the Research Higher Degree Skills Seminars

Collaborations
Registered Nurse Professional Development in Aged Care Clinical Reasoning in Health Care Simulation in Health Care


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), James Cook University

Keywords

  • ageing
  • clinical reasoning
  • healthy ageing
  • older people
  • primary health care
  • simulation

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified 50
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2009 -  Membership - Joanna Briggs Institue Evidence Synthesis Group Joanna Briggs Institue Evidence Synthesis Group
Australia
1/01/2001 -  Membership - Royal College of Nursing Australia Royal College of Nursing Australia
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/03/2004 - 1/01/2007 Clincial Nurse Consultant AnglicanCare
Resdiential and Community Aged Care
Australia
1/01/2002 - 1/01/2004 Nurse Manager Baptist Community Service
Warabrook Aged Care Facility
Australia
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 7
Total funding $116,933

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20161 grants / $42,000

Supporting family carers of people living with dementia: an RCT of a new mobile application$42,000

Funding body: Dementia Collaborative Research Centres

Funding body Dementia Collaborative Research Centres
Project Team Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher, Professor Sally Chan, Ms Viki Brummell, Doctor Amanda Wilson, Doctor Sharyn Hunter, Doctor Sarah Jeong, Professor Kichu Nair, Conjoint Associate Professor Frans Henskens
Scheme Research Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1600156
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20132 grants / $63,933

Feasibility Study: A Proposed Model of a 'Health Ageing Clinic' and team based curricular for clinical placement of healthcare students$62,333

Funding body: HETI (Health Education and Training Institute)

Funding body HETI (Health Education and Training Institute)
Project Team Associate Professor Chris Kewley, Doctor Sharyn Hunter
Scheme NSW ICTN Local Project Fund
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300015
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Fifth International Clinical Skill Conference, Prato, Italy, 19 - 22 May 2013$1,600

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Sharyn Hunter
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300436
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20121 grants / $1,400

14th National Nurse Education Conference, Perth, 11 - 13 April 2012$1,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Sharyn Hunter
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200537
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20111 grants / $1,500

Fourth International Clinical Skills Conference, Prato, Italy, 22 - 25 May 2011$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Sharyn Hunter
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100289
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20091 grants / $1,700

Connecting the Dots: Geriatric Nursing, Education and Clinical Simulation Conference, North Carolina USA 2-3 April 09$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Sharyn Hunter
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0189944
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $6,400

Exploring nursing students' critical thinking and clinical reasoning abilities$6,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Sharyn Hunter
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189651
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed2
Current5

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD2.4

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD The Evaluation of Older Person Pain Management Strategies PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2016 PhD Factors Effecting Quality of Life of CKD Older People Undergo Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) at Home in a Rural Area in Thailand PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD "Self-Management" of Dementia by Family Caregivers after Participating in Psychoeducation PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Health Promotion for Thai Elders With Hypertension: A Mixed Methods Study PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2009 PhD Evaluation of a Nurse-led Intervention to Improve Adherence to Recommended Guidelines for Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism for Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Patients: A Quasi-Experimental Study. PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD An Ethnographic Study to Understand the Concept of Rural Thai Elderly Resilience: Rural Elderly and Community Nurses' Perspectives PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Factors Impacting on Bachelor of Nursing Students' Clinical and Academic Performance and Progression PhD (Nursing), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Sharyn Hunter

Position

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

Focus area

Nursing

Contact Details

Email sharyn.hunter@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5957

Office

Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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