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Dr Karen Theobald

Faculty of Health,
School - Nursing

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Name
Dr Karen Theobald
Position(s)
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health,
School - Nursing
IHBI Member
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Nursing - HHWB
Discipline *
Nursing
Phone
+61 7 3138 3904
Fax
+61 7 3138 3814
Email
Location
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Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Griffith University), MHlthSc (Queensland University of Technology), GCert (Higher Ed) (Queensland University of Technology), BAppSc (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
and associations
Keywords

Cardiac Nursing, Education, Emergency Nursing

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

Biography

Dr Karen Theobald works in QUT’s School of Nursing (SoN) as:

  • Senior Lecturer
  • Study Area Coordinator for Emergency Nursing.

Background  Karen has:

  • worked as a full-time lecturer for over a decade and in a fractional appointment for a number of  years
  • extensive experience and demonstrated leadership in both the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and learning areas in the SoN
  • led the development and expansion of courses offered in the postgraduate emergency nursing study area in the SoN
  • completed her PhD in 2002 on the topic of the influences on post discharge recovery following coronary artery bypass graft surgery.

Clinical and research interests

  • cardiovascular nursing (family experiences and recovery/rehabilitation)
  • resuscitation issues (through committee membership on the Australian Resuscitation Council, Australian College of Critical Care Nurses, Advanced Life Support Committee).

Karen has been involved in a number of teaching and learning research projects, working with other academics and clinicians in the field.  

Research project highlights

  • 2012 – 2013: promoting active learning through technologies: Redesigning the tutorial learning environment (Principal investigator) ($11, 667.40). QUT Learning and Teaching Grant Scheme.
  • 2007 – 2009: Vascular access and cardiac complications after PTCA, using descriptive data from a hospital database – no funding awarded (clinician given a portion clinical time leave).
  • 2007 – 2009: Exploring the needs, issues and concerns of graduate-entry students in the Bachelor Nursing program,  ($5111, 37). School of Nursing Small Grant Scheme, Teaching and Learning Development.

Awards and recognition

  • 2011: Certificate of Appreciation presented during National Volunteer Week May in recognition of contribution to the community of behalf of ARC Qld Branch and the Chief Executive officer Volunteering Australia.
  • 2010: Certificate of Appreciation presented during National Volunteer Week May in recognition of contribution to the community of behalf of ARC Qld Branch and the Chief Executive officer Volunteering Australia.
  • 2009: Certificate of Appreciation presented during International Volunteer Day 5th December 2009 in recognition of contribution to the community on behalf of Australian Resuscitation Council – Qld Branch.
  • 2004: Certificate of Recognition for service on the Queensland Government /Queensland Ambulance Service/Australian Resuscitation Council Queensland Branch, CPR2000 Steering Committee in recognition of outstanding contribution to CPR2000 and promotion of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation within the Queensland community.
This information has been contributed by Dr Karen Theobald.

Teaching

Karen has extensive experience in teaching and coordinating units across the QUT’s undergraduate and postgraduate Nursing programs in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Karen has taught in all three years of QUT’s undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing (BN) programs.

She has taught in both the theoretical and clinical units.

Karen has demonstrated leadership and expertise in teaching and learning across the Postgraduate emergency nursing study area courses/units and in some of the core shared units in the postgraduate program in the SoN, QUT.

Karen has:

  • strong tertiary education qualifications
  • been involved in many quality improvements/curricular developments for improving student learning
  • been a part of a number of small teaching and learning research projects
  • been a part of two large National Reserve research grants (focusing on improving/evaluating effectiveness of models of undergraduate and postgraduate education).

Career mentoring convenor

Karen was nursing convener for Career Mentor Scheme (six years), working in conjunction with QUT’s Careers and Employment section.

The scheme assisted final-year students in their transition to Registered Nurse through:

  • establishing partnerships with practicing Registered Nurses
  • promoting excellent networking opportunities and learning avenues, available in a variety and number of clinical areas.
This information has been contributed by Dr Karen Theobald.

Publications


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

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2009
Details
Recipiant 2009 Faculty of Health Vice Chancellor's Performance Award for Teaching excellence
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2009
Details
Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence Nominee In recognition for exceptional sustained performance and outstanding achievement in: Learning and Teaching Leadership

Supervision