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Professor Glenn Gardner

Faculty of Health,
School - Nursing


Professor Glenn Gardner
Faculty of Health,
School - Nursing
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Nursing - CDA
Discipline *
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PhD (University of Queensland), MEdStudies (Monash University), BAppSci(Advanced Practice Nursing) (La Trobe University)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Fellow - Royal College of Nursing Australia
  • Member - Australian College of Nurse Practitioners

Advanced practice nursing, health service innovation, health services research, Acute care nursing

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008



Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Sociology of Health and Illness, University of
Queensland 1997

 Professor of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology

Professor Glenn Gardner leads a program of research into health service innovation and advanced nursing roles. Her 2004 research into the role of nurse practitioners resulted in development of practice, education and authorisation standards for nurse practitioners. These standards were adopted nationally by nurse regulatory authorities and education providers and laid a foundation for ongoing nurse practitioner standards review and development. Professor Gardner was lead researcher on the landmark ARC funded, Australia wide nurse practitioner study (AUSPRAC). The study was conducted in collaboration with leading nurse policy makers and the findings translated to a framework for implementation, audit and evaluation of nurse practitioner service. Subsequent projects examined safety
and quality of nurse practitioner service and nurse practitioner service and patient outcomes in emergency care and renal care.

Central to this research program is Professor Gardner’s work in generic advanced practice nursing roles and practice profiles. In collaboration with industry bodies and other leading researchers in this field Professor Gardner is conducting national and trans-Tasman research that is developing news tools and
ways of thinking about advanced practice nursing and its contribution to improving the reach and quality of health service and patient outcomes.

Professor Gardner also has a strong track record in acute care nursing practice and research. She established the inaugural nursing professional units (NPU) at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital as an innovation to strengthen university /health service collaboration and to build an promote a clinical nursing research and evidence based practice culture.

Professor Gardner’s program of research includes a large cohort of research higher degree students conducting cutting edge research into nurse practitioner and advanced practice nursing service with several PhD candidates funded through NHMRC post graduate scholarships.

Current Project

2014 – 2016: Making nursing work: developing a national framework for advanced practice in nursing. Australian Research Council LP Industry Partners: Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation and Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council

2014: Answer 4 Nursing: A national Survey scoping advanced practice nursing roles and titles. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

2013 – 2015 Educating for health service reform: clinical learning, governance, and capability.
Australian Research Council Discovery Project

2012-2015: A prospective evaluation of the impact of the nurse practitioner role on emergency department service and outcomes. Australian Research Council LP Industry Partners: Australian State Chief Nurses.

This information has been contributed by Professor Glenn Gardner.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.