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Assoc Prof Sonya Osborne

Assoc Prof Sonya Osborne
Name Sonya Osborne
Position Associate Professor (Nursing)
Section School of Nursing and Midwifery
Office I419A
Location Ipswich Campus
Phone +61 7 3812 6084
Extension 6084
Qualifications BSc Louisiana SU , BSN Louisiana SU , GCertNurs(Periop) Western Sydney , GCertHigherEd Canberra , MNurs Canberra , PhD QUT

Dr Sonya Osborne is Associate Professor (Nursing) in the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences at University of Southern Queensland (Ipswich Campus). Dr Osborne¿s role is built on almost 30 years post registration nursing experience across a range of acute care, ambulatory and academic settings. Her doctoral study (QUT, 2009) explored the relationship between practice culture and barriers to implementation of evidence-based practice, while testing the effectiveness of strategies in changing culture and enabling sustainable practice change. The impact of this research is on organisational strategic planning and capacity building in introducing and sustaining changes to improve patient- and service-level outcomes. Dr Osborne¿s research interests include knowledge translation and implementation science within the contexts of nursing, hospital and health services, and at the intersection of primary and acute care. Dr Osborne is experienced in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research approaches. Current projects include implementation evaluation studies in integrated care across local, regional and rural communities, developing an implementation strategy for uptake of teledermatology using whole body imaging for early detection and monitoring of melanoma in high risk populations, and exploring determinants of criteria-based decision making in hospital bed allocation. Clinically-focused research projects include tracking determinants of perioperative nurses¿ uptake of evidence-based practice standards, estimating risk of opioid induced prolonged and profound perioperative hypothermia in perioperative patients, and exploring risk and long term impacts of retained surgical items after surgery. Dr Osborne is a Fellow of the Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN) and has held the inaugural position of Standards Editor for ACORN's Standards for Perioperative Practice in Australia from 2013-2018. She is currently serving as Editor for the Cochrane Wounds Group and Editorial Board member for the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC).

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Nursing ( 111000 )
  • Public Health and Health Services ( 111700 )
  • Health Services And Systems ( 420300 )
  • Nursing ( 420500 )
  • Implementation Science And Evaluation ( 420312 )

Research interests
• implementation science within the contexts of nursing, hospital & health services, and integrated care
• comparative effectiveness research in acute care, surgical and perioperative nursing and patient safety
• clinician capacity building in introducing and sustaining changes to improve patient- and service-level outcomes

Accredited HDR supervisor for Honours, Masters, Doctoral Programs; 7 completions

Current Supervision
• J Southern (Phd, USQ). The lived experience of nurse academics using augmented and immersive virtual reality technologies to engage nursing students in Australian Universities.
• E Ogwu (PhD, USQ). The link between aged care expenditure and quality of life. A cost- effectiveness study of home care funding in the northern territory.
• C Locke (MPhil, QUT). Evaluation of emergency medicine pharmacist review and its impact on hospital length of stay of older medical patients.

Professional memberships
Australian College of Nursing (ACN)
Australian College of Perioperative Nurses (ACORN), Fellow
ACORN Queensland
Health Services Research Association of Australia & New Zealand (HSRAANZ)
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)
Higher Education Research Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society (Sigma) /Phi Delta-at-large chapter (no. 482, founding member)

Industry affiliations
American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), Editorial Board
BMC Health Services Research, Associate Editor
Cochrane Wounds Group, Editor
Cochrane Peripheral Vascular Diseases Group, Author
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (Metro North HHS), Visiting Research Fellow

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR)
  • Centre for Health, Informatics and Economic Research (CHIER)

Currently teaching courses/programs
Teaching, coordination and curriculum development experience in acute care nursing, nurse practitioner, evidence-based practice, implementation science and research

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
14 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Associate Head of School (Research)
USQ Research Integrity Advisor

Research most recent
1. Primiero CA, McInerney-Leo AM, Betz-Stablein B, Whiteman DC, Gordon LG, Caffery LJ, Aitken JF, Eakin E, Osborne S, Gray L, Smithers BM, Janda M, Soyer HP, Finnane A. Evaluation of the efficacy of 3D total-body photography with sequential digital dermoscopy in a high-risk melanoma cohort: protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open 2019;9:e032969. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032969.

2. Cockburn T, Davis J, & Osborne S. Retained surgical items: Lessons from Australian case law of items unintentionally left behind in patients after surgery. Journal of Law and Medicine 2019; 26(PT 4): 841-848.

3. Moretto N, Comans TA, Chang AT, O'Leary SP, Osborne S, Carter HE, Smith D, Cavanagh T, Blond D, & Raymer M. Implementation of simulation modelling to improve service planning in specialist orthopaedic and neurosurgical outpatient services. Implementation Science 2019;14(78).

4. Webster J, Osborne S, Rickard CM, Marsh N. Clinically-indicated replacement versus routine replacement of peripheral venous catheters. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2019, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD007798. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007798.pub5. Last update, 2015.

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Publications in ePrints

Osborne, Sonya ORCID: and Cleak, Helen and White, Nicole and Lee, Xing and Deacon, Anthony and de Looze, Julian W. M. (2021) Effectiveness of clinical criteria in directing patient flow from the emergency department to a medical assessment unit in Queensland, Australia: a retrospective chart review of hospital administrative data. BMC Health Services Research, 21 (1):527.

Peel, Nancye M. and Hornby-Turner, Yvonne C. and Osborne, Sonya R.ORCID: and Henderson, Amanda and Hubbard, Ruth E. and Gray, Leonard C. (2021) Implementation and evaluation of a standardized nurse‐administered assessment of functional and psychosocial issues for patients in acute care. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing, 18 (3). pp. 161-169. ISSN 1545-102X

Osborne, Sonya R. ORCID: and Piper, Donella (2020) Beyond the Black Stump: rapid reviews of health research issues affecting regional, rural and remote Australia[Medical Journal of Australia, Vol. 213, (11 Suppl), pp. 1-39]. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, United States, S1-S39.

Ralph, Nicholas ORCID: and Brown, Lindsay and McKillop, Kristy L. and Duff, Jed and Osborne, SonyaORCID: and Terry, Victoria R. and Edward, Karen-Leigh and King, RachelORCID: and Barui, Edward (2020) Oral nutritional supplements for preventing surgical site infections: protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. Systematic Reviews, 9:37. pp. 1-10.

Ullman, Amanda J. and Condon, Paula and Edwards, Rachel and Gibson, Victoria and Takashima, Mari and Schults, Jessica and Dean, Anna and Cattanach, Paula and Nicholls, Wayne and Osborne, SonyaORCID: and Rickard, Claire M. and Cooke, Marie and Kleidon, Tricia (2020) Prevention of Occlusion of cEnTral lInes for Children with cancer: An implementation study. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 56 (12). pp. 1875-1884. ISSN 1034-4810

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Health Services And Systems ( 420300 )
  • Nursing ( 420500 )
  • Implementation Science And Evaluation ( 420312 )