Francis Donnelly

Dr Francis Donnelly

Lead IPL and Innovation

Adelaide Nursing School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Frank began a nursing career at the Royal Adelaide Hospital after graduation from the University of South Australia (Salisbury). After a stint in neurosurgery Frank moved to work in Intensive Care, where he spent the majority of his clinical life. After completing post graduate qualifications in ICU a shift in direction saw him move into nursing education, particularly clinical education. Further study and completion of a Master of Nursing, with a thesis examining the lived experience of a tracheostomy tube change, led Frank toward a PhD, a study which combined his primary interest in nursing knowledge and the role of clinical placement experiences.

2016 – ‘Through the looking glass’ Using virtual reality to construct a pre theatre orientation experience, Learning and Teaching Grant, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide $5000


2016 – iCAN – Establishing Interprofessional networks with The University of Alberta Canada, Partnership Priority Grant, The University of Adelaide $5000


2008 - Project Leader - Mental Health Curriculum Development in Pre-registration Nursing Degrees – Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging $20017 


2008 – Implementation of an electronic audience response system to enhance student learning through direct formative and summative learning. –Team submission with David Foley (Project Leader)  $10000


2007 - Making research skill development explicit in coursework: Four universities' adaptation of a model to numerous disciplines. Carrick (ALTC) Competitive grant $215,488 – Team submission with Dr John Willison (Project Leader)


2001 – Provision of an integrated computer training and video skills program for the development of competency in advanced life support for post graduate nursing students. IT Matching Funds – The University of Adelaide  $19810 – Team submission with Mr John Field (Project Leader)

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor Designing efficient and safe spaces for perioperative patient care. How do perioperative nurses contribute to perioperative environment planning and design. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Kasey Irwin
    2018 Principal Supervisor Factors Influencing the Experiences of Expatriate Nurses when Precepting Nursing Students: A Mixed methods study Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Aishah Shaher B Al Harbi
    2017 Co-Supervisor Consent to treatment in acute care health settings: clinical practice and patient autonomy Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Patricia Carlisle
    2015 Co-Supervisor When a Healthcare Professional has a Significant Other Admitted to an Acute Care Hospital: Experiences and Needs Doctor of Nursing Doctorate Full Time Mr Hussamaldeen Mohammed M Sabyani
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2013 - 2017 Principal Supervisor What is the Influence of Clinical Experience on the Nursing Student's Understanding of Patient Centered Care? Master of Clinical Science Master Part Time Mrs Jan Alderman
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2016 - ongoing Member ANZAHPE Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Sturt Honor Society of Nursing Australia
  • Position: Lead IPL and Innovation
  • Phone: 83133639
  • Email:
  • Fax: 8313 3594
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 4
  • Room: WS4064.13
  • Org Unit: Nursing

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