Personal details

Name
Associate Professor Karen Theobald
Position(s)
Associate Professor
Faculty of Health,
School - Nursing
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Nursing - CDA
Discipline *
Nursing
Phone
+61 7 3138 3904
Fax
+61 7 3138 3814
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
ORCID iD
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

2002 – current

  • Deputy Chair and Member Australian Resuscitation Council, Queensland Branch, representing ACCCN Queensland (Renominated August 2018 for 2 year term)
  • Member Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN)
  • Executive Member Australian Resuscitation Council, Queensland Branch, representing ACCCN Queensland
  • Australian College of Critical Care Nurses, Queensland, ARC Guideline Review Coordinator
  • Member Association of Queensland Nursing & Midwifery Leaders (2018)
  • Member College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (since 2008)
Keywords

Teaching and Learning, Cardiovascular Nursing, Emergency and Resusitation

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

Biography

Associate Professor, Karen Theobald is the Director of Academic Programs, in the School of Nursing (SoN), Queensland University of Technology. She is also the Postgraduate Study Area Coordinator for Health Professional Education, a new study area implemented in 2018 . She has:

  • worked as a full-time Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer, Lecturer  and also in a fractional appointment for a number of years as well as sessional appointments in many teaching, research and service roles at QUT
  • extensive teaching and learning experience and demonstrated leadership in curriculum design and implementation for both the undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the SoN
  • led the development and expansion of new course designs in the School of Nursing undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Led the expansion and development of the popular postgraduate emergency nursing study area in the SoN (especially the Graduate Certificate (Emergency Nursing) working closely with industry partners across the statewide emergency nurse educator group.
  • completed her PhD in 2002 looking  the influences on post discharge recovery following coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Subsequently extending work in this area then moving to consolidate various outcomes in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Clinical and Research Interests

  • active learning (simulation) and transfer of clinical reasoning capability
  • 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).

Project Highlights
2018 – 2019: Tutticci, N., Theobald, K., Ramsbotham, J. & Johnson, S. CRiticAL – Clinical Reasoning and Simulation: The Passive Observer becomes Active Learner. Sigma/Chamberlain College of Nursing Education Research Grant (USA funding)

2018: QUT – CRiticAL – Clinical Reasoning and simulation: the passive observer becomes Active Learner(Phase one) non funded Tutticci, N., Theobald, K., Ramsbotham, J. & Johnson, S.

2018: Curtin University –  Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant (2018) Kelly, M (Project Lead)., Slatyer, S., Maclean, S., Tallon, M., Ngune, I., Theobald, K., Tutticci, N., Ramsbotham, J., Johnson, S.

2015 – 2017: Academic-industry integration in health: enhancing postgraduate professional learning. CAT 1 – Australian Competitive OLT Seed Research Grant. (Co-Leads) Karen Theobald & Alexandra McCarthy, Fiona Coyer, Ramon Shaban, Amanda Henderson, Robyn Fox, Bernadette Thomson

2015 – 2016: Embedding peer review of teaching in practice disciplines: development of a multi-disciplinary approach to off-campus contexts. QUT Learning and Teaching Grant Scheme Barnard, A, Tippett, V, Theobald, K,Rider, T, Harvey, T, Malouf, N.
2012 – 2014: Promoting active learning through technologies: Redesigning the tutorial learning environment (Principal investigator), Theobald, K., Foster, E., Windsor, C. & Wheeler, M.  QUT Learning and Teaching Grant Scheme.
2011 -2012: Scoping the prevalence and determinants of cardiotoxicities following cancer treatment, IHBI Collaborative Seed Grant Scheme/IHBI MCR, QUT.
2008 – 2009: Exploring the needs, issues and concerns of Graduate entry students in the Bachelor Nursing program, School of Nursing Small Grant Scheme, Teaching and Learning Development.
1997: “Development of an integrated self-paced learning package to promote quality on-campus clinical education for pre-registration nursing students.” Educational Grant from QUT Learning and Teaching Grant Scheme.
Industry Research Activities
2007 – 2009: Vascular access and cardiac complications after PTCA, using descriptive data from a hospital database. St Andrews Memorial Hospital, Brisbane.
1998: Development of an ALS Distance Education Program. ALS, Working Party – Educational Grant, CACCN.
1995: “Evaluating the quality and effectiveness of selected models of pre-registration clinical education formats.” Educational grant, National Priority Reserve Fund (teaching) project.
1995: “A comparison of the efficacy of curriculum models in postgraduate specialty nursing education with respect to established performance indicators.” Educational grant, National Priority Reserve Fund (teaching) project.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Karen Theobald.

Teaching

Associate Professor Theobald has extensive experience in teaching and coordinating units across the QUT’s undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programs in the School of Nursing (SoN). As Director of Academic Programs, Karen is a mentor and facilitator of teaching and learning for other academics. Karen has taught in all three years of QUT’s undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing (BN) program. 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. She has:

  • strong tertiary education qualifications
  • been involved in many quality improvements/curricular developments for improving student learning
  • led the Faculty of Health, Transformation of Learning project 2013-2014, redeveloping the Graduate Certificate in Nursing to a innovative transformed approach, utilising a captivate learning platform to create individually paced, engaging modules of 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).

Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy
Demonstrated excellence in teaching and learning leadership through international recognition as a Senior fellow of the United Kingdom Higher Education Academy.
Member and Reviewer for  QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching

Career Mentoring Convener
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.

Dr Theobald has taught the following units:

  • Postgraduate Courses (QUT)

             Emergency nursing
            Acute care nursing
            Advanced health assessment (UG, PG, NP)
            Advanced life support/resuscitation
            Cardiovascular disease
            Qualitative research methods

  • Undergraduate Courses (QUT)

            Biophysical health/Medical surgical nursing/Acute care
            Clinical practice university laboratories/lectures/clinical setting
            Cardiothoracic nursing care
            Clinical elective – critical care/high dependency focus
            Nursing and the family/community
            Professional practice issues

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Karen Theobald.

Publications

For 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
2015
Details
Academic Performance Award
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2014
Details
Nominated for Vice Chancellor Award for Teaching Excellence, Faculty of Health, Leadership, Learning and Teaching category.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2013
Details
Nominated for Vice Chancellor Award for Teaching Excellence, Faculty of Health, Leadership, Learning and Teaching category
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
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2009
Details
Recipiant 2009 Faculty of Health Vice Chancellor's Performance Award for Teaching excellence

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Academic-industry integration in health: enhancing postgraduate professional learning
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
SD15-5094
Start year
2015
Keywords
Curriculum; Industry-Academic Engagement; Postgraduate

Supervision