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Ms Jo Southern

Ms Jo Southern
Name Jo Southern
Position Lecturer (Nursing)
Section School of Nursing and Midwifery
Office I409
Location Ipswich Campus
Phone +61 7 3812 6146
Extension 6146
Email
Qualifications BHlthSc CQU , LLB JCU , GCertClinNurs CQU , MNurs JCU

I have been nursing since I completed hospital training in 1989. Since that time I have had a diverse career covering paediatrics, operating theatre, infectious diseases, gastrointestinal and liver transplants and intensive care. Early in my career I saw the need for nurses to qualify with a tertiary education so I undertook one of the first bridging (from general nursing certificate to bachelor) degrees, in Qld. Since then I have completed post grad qualifications in ICU nursing where I spent 14 years honing my critical care skills. In 2006 I decided to try studying something different so I completed a Bachelor of Laws degree. I worked in the industry for a short time but missed nursing a lot so I came back. I discovered that I had a passion for education and sharing my knowledge with those wishing to become RNs. I started teaching nursing in July 2012 and I haven't looked back since. I completed a Master of Nursing majoring in Clinical Education so that I could be good at my job. It is my greatest joy to see new graduate nurses embarking on their own nursing journey and knowing that I had a small part to play in helping them achieve that goal. I am now in conducting research on the use of augmented & virtual reality in nurse education, looking at the academic's view of using such technology, as I work to obtain my PhD. I love studying and learning and I hope that I can instill a lifelong passion for learning in all those I teach.


Research interests
Augmented Reality & Immersive Virtual Reality in Nurse Education
Digital Online Learning
Law & Ethics in Health

Professional memberships
Member Australian College of Nurses

Industry affiliations
Accreditor with the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).

Currently teaching courses/programs
NUR1102: Literacies & Communication for Health Care; NUR1120: Health and Illness; NUR1299: Foundations of Nursing Practice; NUR2000: Medications Management; NUR3030: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health; NUR3101: Primary Health Care in a Global Context; NUR8340: the Law and Health Care Practice (Post-grad).

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
7 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Outreach & Engagement Coordinator; Member Assessment Sub-Committee; Member Indigenous Engagement & Research Committee.

Research most recent
Usher, K., Woods, C., Brown, J., Power, T., Lea, J., Hutchinson, M.,…, Southern, J. (2018). Australian nursing students’ knowledge and attitudes towards pressure injury prevention: A cross-sectional study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 81. 14–20. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2018.01.015

Peer Reviewer for textbooks:
Guzys, D., & Petrie, E. (2020). Introduction to Community and Primary Health Care. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press.

Brown, D., Edwards, H., Seaton, L., & Buckley, T., Lewis, S. L., Dirksen, S. R., Heitkemper, M. M., & Bucher, L. (Eds.). (2015). Lewis’s medical-surgical nursing: Assessment and management of clinical problems (4th ed.). Chatswood, NSW: Mosby Elsevier.


Research most notable
Woods, C., West, C., Mills, J., Park, T., Southern, J., & Usher, K. (2014). Undergraduate student nurses’ self-reported preparedness for practice. Collegian doi: 10.1016/j.colegn.2014.085.003.

Pfizer/ Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia Bicillin educational DVD – Principle on screen educator and clinical skills consultant on best practice intramuscular injection sites – theory and practice. Manager: Claire Boardman | Deputy Director, RHDAustralia. (Nov 2013-April 2015).