Mrs Tash Hawkins

Mrs Tash Hawkins

Clinical Nurse Educator

University Newcastle Department of Rural Health

Career Summary

Biography

I have worked as a Nurse Academic for the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health since 2009. In this position my goal is to gain, train and retain undergraduate nursing students into the positions of registered nurses within the rural health sector.  I have the privilege of working closely with undergraduate nursing students and i provide support to them while on clinical placement. I am also there to support their smooth transition into the workforce following graduation. My interests include negative workplace behaviour, nursing workforce issues, rural nursing recruitment and also Interprofessional practice. 


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Nursing, Griffith University

Keywords

  • Clinical Nursing
  • Graduate Nurses Transition
  • Interprofessional practice
  • Negative workplace behaviour
  • Nursing Culture
  • Undergraduate Nursing Clinical Education

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
350710 Organisational behaviour 20
420321 Rural and remote health services 30
420505 Nursing workforce 50

Awards

Award

Year Award
2019 DVC(A) Educator Innovation and Impact Award
The University of Newcastle

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
NURS1103 Preparation for Clinical Practice
Faculty of Health, University of Newcastle
Tutor 1/2/2017 - 1/7/2017
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Hawkins N, Jeong S, Smith T, 'Creating respectful workplaces for nurses in regional acute care settings: protocol for a sequential explanatory mixed methods study', JMIR Research Protocols, 10 (2021)

Background: Negative workplace behaviour among nurses is an internationally recognised problem, despite the plethora of literature spanning several decades. The various forms of m... [more]

Background: Negative workplace behaviour among nurses is an internationally recognised problem, despite the plethora of literature spanning several decades. The various forms of mistreatments and uncaring attitudes experienced by nurses include workplace aggression, incivility, bullying, harassment and horizontal violence. Negative behaviour has detrimental effects on the individual nurse, the organisation, the nursing profession and patients. Multi-level organisational interventions are warranted to influence the ¿civility norms¿ of the nursing profession. Objective: The aim of this study is to investigate the self-reported exposure to and experiences of negative workplace behaviours of nursing staff and their ways of coping in regional acute care hospitals in one Local Health District (LHD) in NSW before and after Respectful Workplace Workshops have been implemented within the organisation. Methods: This study employs a mixed methods sequential explanatory design with an embedded experimental component, underpinned by Social World¿s Theory. This study will be carried out in four acute care regional hospitals from a Local Health District (LHD) in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. The nurse unit managers, registered nurses and new graduate nurses from the medical and surgical wards of all four hospitals will be invited to complete a pre-survey examining their experiences, perceptions and responses to negative workplace behaviour, and their ways of coping when exposed. Face-to-face educational workshops will then be implemented by the organisation at two of the four hospitals. The workshops are designed to increase awareness of negative workplace behaviour, the pathways to seek assistance and aims to create respectful workplaces. Commencing 3 months after completion of the workshop implementation, follow up surveys and interviews will then be undertaken at all four hospitals. Results: The findings from this research will enhance understanding of negative workplace behaviour occurring within the nursing social world and assess the effectiveness of the LHD¿s Respectful Workplace Workshops upon the levels of negative workplace behaviour occurring. By integrating qualitative and quantitative findings it will allow for a dual perspective of the social world of nurses where negative and/or respectful workplace behaviours occur, and provide data grounded in individuals lived experiences, positioned in a macro context Conclusions: It is expected that evidence from this study will inform nursing practice, and future policy development aimed at creating respectful workplaces. Trial Registration: Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (Registration No. ACTRN12618002007213; 14 December 2018).

DOI 10.2196/18643
Co-authors Tony Smith, Sarah Jeong
2020 Hawkins N, Jeong S, Smith T, 'Negative workplace behavior and coping strategies among nurses: A cross-sectional study', NURSING & HEALTH SCIENCES, 23 123-135 (2020)
DOI 10.1111/nhs.12769
Co-authors Sarah Jeong, Tony Smith
2019 Hawkins N, Jeong S, Smith T, 'Coming ready or not! An integrative review examining new graduate nurses' transition in acute care', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING PRACTICE, 25 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/ijn.12714
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Tony Smith, Sarah Jeong
2019 Hawkins N, Jeong S, Smith T, 'New graduate registered nurses exposure to negative workplace behaviour in the acute care setting: An integrative review', International Journal of Nursing Studies, 93 41-54 (2019) [C1]

Background: Negative workplace behaviour among nurses is a globally recognised problem and new graduate nurses are at high risk for exposure. Negative behaviour has detrimental ef... [more]

Background: Negative workplace behaviour among nurses is a globally recognised problem and new graduate nurses are at high risk for exposure. Negative behaviour has detrimental effects on new graduate nurses, the nursing profession and patients. Objectives: To synthesise evidence on negative workplace behaviour experienced by new graduate nurses in acute care setting and discuss implications for the nursing profession. Design: An integrative review guided by Whittemore and Knafl's (2005) framework. Data sources and review methods: A search of evidence-based research from five electronic databases (CINAHL, MEDLINE, ProQuest, JBI and Scopus) was conducted for the period of 2007-2017. Eligible articles were critically appraised using the Mixed Methods Appraisal Tool. Results: Eight qualitative and eight quantitative studies were identified and reviewed. There was a variety of terms and definitions used to describe the disrespectful, unprofessional and uncivil targeted behaviour towards new graduate nurses. The incidence of negative workplace behaviour varied from 0.3% as a daily occurrence to 57.1% experiencing sporadic exposure. The precipitating factors included the new graduates¿ perceived lack of capability, magnifying power and hierarchy, leadership style and influence of management. The negative behaviour was identified as either a personal or professional attack, which left new graduates feeling emotional distress, anxiety or depression, which in turn impacted upon job satisfaction, cynicism, burnout, and intention to leave. The lack of a definitional consensus and the range of negative workplace behaviour make identification, seeking assistance and intervention difficult. Specific or ongoing organisational support to address negative behaviours towards new gradute nurses was not identified. Instead, the way they used to deal with these behaviours were personal. Conclusion: Negative workplace behaviour towards new graduate nurses continues to be an international problem. Available studies are descriptive and exploratory in nature and there have been few effective strategies implemented in acute care setting to address towards new graduate nurses. Multi-level organisational interventions are warranted to influence the ¿civility norms¿ of the nursing profession. With a new understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of negative workplace behaviours towards new graduate nurses and the identification of limited intervention studies being undertaken, the nursing profession is provided with new directions in their future endeavours.

DOI 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2018.09.020
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 14
Co-authors Sarah Jeong, Tony Smith
2018 Hawkins NL, 'A successful transition from the city to a quiet life on the farm', Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal, Volume 26 26-26 (2018)
2017 Little F, Stokes-Parish JB, Hawkins NL, Collier J, 'Rurally located academics for undergraduate nursing placements for students who 'go rural'', Australian Nursing Midwifery Journal, Volume 25 45-45 (2017)
Co-authors Fiona Little
Hawkins N, Jeong S, Smith T, 'Creating Respectful Workplaces for Nurses in Regional Acute Care Settings: Protocol for a Sequential Explanatory Mixed Methods Study (Preprint)
DOI 10.2196/preprints.18643
Co-authors Sarah Jeong, Tony Smith
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Conference (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Little A, Ferns J, Hawkins N, Heaney S, Carter L, 'Escaping the clinical to build the interprofessional', Virtual Conference (2021)
Co-authors Susan Heaney, Jane Ferns, Alexandra Little
2021 Ferns J, Hawkins N, Little A, Carter L, 'Escaping the lecture theatre: A team effort', Virtual Conference (2021)
Co-authors Jane Ferns, Alexandra Little
2021 Hawkins N, Jeong S, Smith A, 'Negative Workplace Behaviour and Coping Strategies Among Nurses', Newcastle, NSW (2021)
Co-authors Tony Smith
2020 Little A, Hawkins N, Carter L, Cone L, Ferns J, Heaney S, Killey N, 'Escaping the clinical to build the interprofessional', Escaping the clinical to build the interprofessional, Melbourne (2020)
Co-authors Lani Carter, Jane Ferns, Lauren Cone, Nicole Killey, Alexandra Little, Susan Heaney
2020 Hawkins N, Little A, Carter L, Cone L, Wisely K, Norris J, Ferns J, 'Escaping the lecture theatre: A team effort', Escaping the lecture theatre: A team effort, Melbourne (2020)
Co-authors Jane Ferns, Lani Carter, Lauren Cone, Alexandra Little, Kerrie Wisely
2019 Hawkins N, Edgar A, Weiley S, 'Trailblazing - making tracks in the bush - our mission to gain, train and retain nurses in regional and rural areas', Hobart, TAS (2019)
2015 Hawkins N, Marley R, Dutton R, Boyce L, 'Learning together to work together - Using interprofessional education to increase student awareness of teamwork and communication', Newcastle (2015) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $10,962

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Highlighted grants and funding

Escaping the lecture theatre: a team effort$3,406

Funding body: the Educator Network (tEN)

Funding body the Educator Network (tEN)
Project Team

Mrs Jane Ferns, Mrs Natasha Hawkins, Mrs Kerrie Wisely, Ms Jenny Norris, Mrs Alexandra Little, Ms Lani De Silva, Ms Lauren Cone

Scheme Teaching and Innovation Investment Scheme (TI2)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20201 grants / $2,556

Publications - PRCHB Small Grants$2,556

Funding body: Priority Research Centre for Health Beharviour (PRCHB)

Funding body Priority Research Centre for Health Beharviour (PRCHB)
Project Team

Tash Hawkins

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

20192 grants / $8,406

Statistics - PRCHB Small Grants$5,000

Funding body: Priority Research Centre for Health Beharviour (PRCHB)

Funding body Priority Research Centre for Health Beharviour (PRCHB)
Project Team

Natasha Hawkins

Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Escaping the lecture theatre: a team effort$3,406

Funding body: the Educator Network (tEN)

Funding body the Educator Network (tEN)
Project Team

Mrs Jane Ferns, Mrs Natasha Hawkins, Mrs Kerrie Wisely, Ms Jenny Norris, Mrs Alexandra Little, Ms Lani De Silva, Ms Lauren Cone

Scheme Teaching and Innovation Investment Scheme (TI2)
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Mrs Tash Hawkins

Position

Clinical Nurse Educator
UDRH
University Newcastle Department of Rural Health
College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing

Contact Details

Email tash.hawkins@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 40551903

Office

Building Manning Education Centre
Location Taree

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