Improving mental health nurses' resilience, retention and quality of practice PhD Scholarship

About this scholarship

Australian Catholic University is offering one full-time 3 year PhD scholarship to undertake research as part of the Australian Research Council-funded project ‘Improving mental health nurses’ resilience, retention and quality of practice’. This project aims to determine the effects of a resilience-building program on turnover intention, quality of nursing practice, workplace stress, and resilience, in mental health nurses. We are seeking a suitable PhD candidate to conduct research as part of this project. Applicants need to have an appropriate undergraduate Honours or Masters Research degree in nursing, psychology, behavioural science, public health, or health services research or related discipline.

Description

Australian Catholic University, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine, Melbourne

Nursing at ACU was judged 'well above world-standard in the most recent 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) review. Our researchers undertake leading edge academic research as well as making significant contributions to important public debates in nursing and health. The Mental Health Nursing Research Unit, led by Professor Kim Foster, is based at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and conducts nurse-led research in collaboration with clinicians and multidisciplinary colleagues in key areas of mental health research focus.

Research scholarship: Improving mental health nurses’ resilience, retention and quality of practice’.

There is one full-time 3 year scholarship available for a PhD, to undertake research related to the ARC-funded project ‘‘Improving mental health nurses’ resilience, retention and quality of practice’. This project aims to determine the effects of a resilience-building program on turnover intention, quality of nursing practice, workplace stress, and resilience, in mental health nurses.

Using a randomised controlled trial design, the outcomes of nurses participating in the resilience program will be compared with those who do not. The expected outcomes are improved nurse resilience, turnover intention, and quality of nursing practice, and reduced negative psychological impacts of workplace stress. We anticipate the project will provide new knowledge on the impacts of workforce resilience-building skills, and enhance the quality of mental health nursing professional practice.

In addition to the application documentation, we invite PhD applicants to submit a cover letter no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Professor Kim Foster to discuss ideas before preparing an application.

The project team is led by Professor Kim Foster and includes Professor Darryl Maybery of Monash University and Associate Professor Michael Roche of University of Technology Sydney. The successful candidate will be located in Melbourne.

Application dates

Open Date: Monday 01 July 2019

Close Date: Sunday 04 August 2019

Value

  • Australian Government Research Training Program Fees Offset Scholarship for 3 years duration (that is, a tuition fee waiver);
  • and Stipend of $32,596 per annum (indexed annually) for 3 years

Student type

Current Students Or Future Students

Application process

This scholarship is open to domestic applicants only. Please visit the ACU Research website and follow the instructions to submit your application.

Applicants must clearly state that they are applying for the Research scholarship: Improving mental health nurses’ resilience, retention, and quality of practice in the scholarship section on the application form.

  • If you are not currently enrolled in a research degree at ACU, visit the ACU Research webpage for instructions on how to submit your application
  • If you are currently enrolled in a research degree at ACU, please download the application form for currently enrolled candidates from Orion and submit all required documentation to the Candidature Services team on res.cand@acu.edu.au
Applicants should also include:
  • A cover letter of no more than three pages outlining their interest in the specific topic area, and other evidence of how they meet the scholarship-specific criteria listed above.
  • A copy of their CV that includes evidence of academic excellence; skills in quantitative research methods; previous research experience; and ability to contribute to a team.

Applications should be sent direct via post or via email to:

Candidature Services
Student Administration
Locked Bag 4115
MDC Fitzroy VIC 3065
E: res.cand@acu.edu.au
For more information contact
Prof Kim Foster, kim.foster@acu.edu.au, +61 (3) 9342 7676

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