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Professor Karen Nightingale is the National Head of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
As one of the largest Schools within the University she has oversight of approximately 10,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students across three disciplines and 6 campuses. Professor Nightingale is therefore well placed to be abreast of a range of academic and other issues affecting both students and staff.
Professor Nightingale has experience in teaching international and local students in undergraduate and postgraduate courses and has supervised research students in master’s degrees. Her specialist expertise is in Nursing Education, Curriculum Development, Student Nurses Clinical Placements and Student Teaching and Learning. And her clinical background encompasses both mental health and general nursing in both the acute care and community sector.
Professor Nightingale commenced at ACU in February 2010 as the Deputy Head of School - School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine. She came to ACU with over 20 years’ experience in higher education having worked in four other large Victorian universities in senior leadership roles including Director of Teaching & Learning and Director of Undergraduate Nursing Programs. She therefore brings a wealth and breadth of knowledge and experience in tertiary education to ACU, including university policies, procedures and processes.
Professor Nightingale is the chair of or a member of a range of School, Faculty and University committees and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing.
Kim is currently Professor and Eileen O’Connor Chair of Mental Health Research in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine. Between 2016 and 2022 she was Professor of Mental Health Nursing and Clinical Chair in the jointly funded Mental Health Nursing Research Unit at NorthWestern Mental Health/Royal Melbourne Hospital and ACU, where her team conducted nurse-led health services research. Kim is widely published in mental health and has two key funded research program areas: the wellbeing and resilience of the nursing and mental health workforce; and interventions to support children and families where a family member has mental illness.
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