Francis Donnelly

Associate Professor Francis Donnelly

Interim Dean of Nursing

Adelaide Nursing School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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


Associate Professor Frank Donnelly began his nursing career at the Royal Adelaide Hospital after graduation from the University of South Australia (Salisbury). After a stint in neurosurgical nursing 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. Frank is an Education Specialist, Chair of the Adelaide Education Academy and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK).

In 2019 Frank was awarded The Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence, the University of Adelaide’s premier learning and teaching award. This award recognises the University’s highest achievers in teaching, support of teaching, and supervisory practices.

Frank is currently Interim Dean of Nursing (since Oct 2019).

As well as advocating for teaching excellence, Frank conducts and supervises research in nursing education, inter-professional learning and clinical innovation.

Associate Professor Frank Donnelly RN, BNurs, MNurs, Grad Dip (ICU), Grad Cert Higher Ed, PhD SFHEA

Frank has a qualitative research background with a particular interest in phenomenology and how philosophy connects to research. Frank supervises a broad range of students and is comfortable with a diverse suite of methodologies. His own research interests include:

clinical outcomes

education and staff development

education theory 

how approaches to education inform health care outcomes

how technology influences education 

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  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Teaching Award Stephen Cole the Elder - Excellence in Leadership, Support and Enhancement of Teaching Practice The University of Adelaide Australia $8000
    2019 Fellowship Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy Higher Education Academy United Kingdom
    2018 Award Executive Deans Award for Learning and Teaching (Level C and above) 2018 The University of Adelaide Australia
    2013 Award High Commendation for Excellence in University Teaching - Faculty of Health Science The University of Adelaide Australia
    2009 Award Lecturer of the Year - The University of Adelaide (2009) Unijobs The University of Adelaide Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2014 The University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy
    2002 The University of Adelaide Australia Master of Nursing Science
    1997 University of Adelaide Australia Graduate Diploma in Intensive Care Nursing
    1994 University of South Australia Australia Bachelor of Nursing
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2014 - 2014 Diploma of Management Proteus Leadership Australia
  • Research Interests

2017 - Learning and Teaching Grant $2500 Use of 360 video in VR

 

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)

Research Methods for Health 

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  • 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 Part Time Ms Patricia Carlisle
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor When a patient's family member is a nurse: a portfolio of research Doctor of Nursing Doctorate Full Time Mr Hussamaldeen Mohammed M Sabyani
    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
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2019 - ongoing Member AARE - Australian Association Research in Education Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member ANZAHPE Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Sturt Honor Society of Nursing Australia
  • Position: Interim Dean of Nursing
  • Phone: 83133639
  • Email: frank.donnelly@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 3
  • Org Unit: Nursing

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