Chris Tanner is the Youmans-Spaulding Distinguished Professor at Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing and directs the postmasters’ certificate program in Nursing Education. She served in a variety of roles at OHSU including Director, Office of Research Development and Associate Dean for the Statewide Undergraduate Program, and is currently one of the leads in the development of the innovative Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education. She was the author of the 2001 study Oregon’s Nursing Shortage: A Public Health Crisis in the Making. Dr. Tanner has served as the Senior Editor of the Journal of Nursing Education since 1991. She has conducted research for over 25 years on clinical judgment in nursing, culminating in numerous journal publications, and 4 books, including the award winning Expertise in Nursing Practice: Caring, Clinical Judgment and Ethics, co-authored with Patricia Benner and Kit Chesla. She is the 2005 recipient of the National League for Nursing Excellence in Nursing Education Research and has consulted nationally and internationally with schools of nursing on clinical judgment, nursing education research and curriculum development. As a former coronary care nurse, Dr. Tanner currently is a volunteer nurse at the YMCA Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Dr. Tanner is mother of two teenagers, neither of whom has shown any interest in being a nurse!! She is also an avid skier and student of piano.
Gweneth has an interdisciplinary background (nurse/psychologist) and is currently the Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and a Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Gweneth’s work as an academic has been guided by the very practical goal of enhancing people/families experiences of health and health care. Having become greatly concerned with the ‘reality’ of health care practices and their impact on people/families, and on nurses, she was inspired to take up an academic role because it offered an opportunity to not only challenge that reality but to offer new possibilities to reshape that reality.
As a result of that goal there has been an integral connection between her teaching, research, and practice. Knowledge developed through her teaching/research/practice in family nursing has informed and been ‘translated’ into courses and nursing curricula; faculty development workshops; local, national and international workshops with students, faculty and practicing nurses; several peer-reviewed articles; a co-authored textbook (Family Nursing As Relational Inquiry with Colleen Varcoe); and several funded research grants to support the collaboration of practitioners, educators and researchers. Similarly, the findings from a nationally funded participatory action research ethics project with nurses working in hospitals greatly informed a series of “teaching strategy’ workshops for nurse educators whose role it was to provide educational leadership and support to staff nurses.
Gweneth has received four teaching awards including two national awards: the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing Excellence in Nursing Education Award and the 3M Teaching Fellowship Award, Canada’s highest award for university educators.
Head of Department, Chair of Nursing
Philip Darbyshire RNMH RSCN DipN(Lond) RNT MN PhD moved from Scotland to take up the first Australian joint Chair of Nursing at the WCH in January 1996. With a clinical background in intellectual disability and paediatric nursing. Philip specialised in caring for children with profound multiple handicaps.
As a nurse educator Philip taught in many undergraduate and post-graduate programs and was Senior Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University prior to his appointment at the WCH.
Philip has a Masters Degree in Nursing from Glasgow University and PhD from Edinburgh University. The subject of his PhD was the experiences of parents who lived with their hospitalised child. This was published in 1994 as "Living With a Sick Child in Hospital".
Philip writes and reviews for several international nursing and research journals and sits on several funding bodies’ research grant review committees. He has presented invited and keynote papers at numerous international seminars and conferences.
As the WCH Chair of Nursing, his current research and education interests involve the development of clinical research and scholarship, promoting practice development, interpretive and qualitative approaches to understanding children's and families' health and illness and the development of Nursing Arts and Humanities.
John Raeburn recently retired from the School of Population Health, University of Auckland after 34 years of academic, research and practice life. He currently holds a position as Adjunct Professor at Auckland University of Technology.
John’s has a PhD in Psychology, and he was Head of the Behavioural Science programme at the University of Auckland for many years. He has taught medical students, and postgraduate students in health science and public health, including originating the Mental Health Development programme. His areas of interest include health promotion, community development, mental health promotion, and spirituality. He has been involved in many innovations in these areas over the years, and has published widely in the local and international literature, including authorship of the book People-Centred Health Promotion (with Canadian Irving Rootman). He has worked with WHO, and was closely involved with both the Ottawa and Bangkok Charters for Health Promotion. He has been Chair of the Mental Health Foundation, and was until recently Director of Public Health for the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand. He is currently on the Board of the new mental health NGO Affinity.
John’s passion has always been primarily with grass-roots, empowering community development, and its relationship to health and wellbeing, and in 2006, he was awarded a QSO for Community Service.
Alison Dixon is currently the Academic Leader in the School of Nursing at Otago Polytechnic. She has been involved in Nursing Education for over twenty five years as both a Professor of Nursing and Head of School.
Alison has a PhD in Nursing, and together with her team, developed the first undergraduate three year degrees in both Nursing and Midwifery, and the first Nursing clinical postgraduate programmes in New Zealand. As Academic Leader she predominantly provides research supervision, engages in teaching research approaches, and growing research capacity within the school. Her academic leadership is extended to other schools of nursing through academic consultancy arrangements. Her areas of interest include historical inquiry into nurses and nursing, nursing workforce development and the relationship of the second level nurse to registered nurses. She has had numerous involvement at national and international levels, on initiatives to develop nurses and nursing in New Zealand.
Alison's commitment has always been primarily for nurses and nursing practice development. She holds a view that nursing education exists to support the development of the nursing workforce and she is known for her initiatives in this direction. In 2006, she was awarded a QSO for Public Services for Nursing.
A major recommendation from Dianne’s Master’s thesis "An exploration of the experiences of cultural safety educators in New Zealand: An action research approach" was the need for cultural safety knowledge. With the dearth of cultural knowledge compared to medical and surgical scholarship, Dianne decided to collaborate with a wide range of academics, practitioners and commentators to produce Cultural safety in Aotearoa New Zealand by Pearson Education. This textbook is the first of its kind in the world. The Nursing Council of New Zealand have endorsed its publication and would like to encourage educators from all fields of health to read this wonderful resource. Dianne’s presentation at the conference will be an account of her journey as a Maori nurse educator with a focus on the application of cultural safety education within the Pacific. Nurses and midwives within New Zealand are required to demonstrate culturally safe practice in order to maintain their registration with the Nursing Council. With an emphasis on respecting cultural considerations, cultural competence has been debated and discussed within Australasia.
Are the concepts the same? Are they different? Are they a diffusion of transcultural nursing? Or they two sides of the same coin?
Dianne Wepa BSW, CQSW, Cert Clin Supervision, Pgrad Dip SW, MPhil SW, Ngati Kahungunu,
Coordinator and Senior Lecturer, Kawa Whakaruruhau / Cultural Safety, Mental Health Support Work and Clinical Supervision
Faculty of Health & Sport Science, Eastern Institute of Technology, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.