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
- My Research
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- Professional Activities
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:
education and staff development
how approaches to education inform health care outcomes
how technology influences education
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 —
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
Date Title Institution Country 2014 - 2014 Diploma of Management Proteus Leadership Australia
Year Citation 2020 O'Keefe, M., Montagu, A., Donnelly, F., Page, T., & Ward, H. (2020). The Balanced Scorecard: a tool to monitor IPL curriculum implementation. MedEdPublish, 10.
2020 Damayanti, M., Dino, M., & Donnelly, F. (2020). A quantitative and qualitative analysis of nurses’ lifestyles and community health practices in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Enfermeria Clinica, 30, 82-89.
2020 McKinnon, M., Donnelly, F. P., & Perry, J. (2020). Experiences of Post Anaesthetic Recovery Nurses facilitating Advanced Directives in the immediate post anaesthetic period: A phenomenological study. Journal of Advanced Nursing.
2020 Donnelly, F. P., Mcliesh, P., & Bessell, S. -A. (2020). Using 360 degree video to enable affective learning in nursing education. Journal of Nursing Education. 2019 Donnelly, F., Feo, R., Jangland, E., & Muntlin Athlin, Å. (2019). The management of patients with acute abdominal pain in the emergency department: A qualitative study of nurse perceptions. Australasian Emergency Care, 22(2), 97-102.
2019 Bunjo, Z., Bunjo, L., Bacchi, S., Donnelly, F., Hudson, J., & Symonds, I. (2019). Sleep Patterns and Risky Driving Behaviors in Clinical Medical and Nursing Students. Academic Psychiatry, 43(5), 555-556.
2019 Chong, V., Schultz, T., & Donnelly, F. (2019). Clinical protocols for adults with acute abdominal pain in Australian emergency departments. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 25(3), 412-419.
2019 Feo, R., Donnelly, F., Muntlin Athlin, Å., & Jangland, E. (2019). Providing high-quality fundamental care for patients with acute abdominal pain: A qualitative study of patients’ experiences in acute care. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 33(1), 110-123.
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2018 Feo, R., Donnelly, F., Frensham, L., Conroy, T., & Kitson, A. (2018). Embedding fundamental care in the pre-registration nursing curriculum: results from a pilot study. Nurse Education in Practice, 31, 20-28.
DOI Scopus7 WoS6 Europe PMC2
2017 Sabyani, H., Wiechula, R., Magarey, J., & Donnelly, F. (2017). Experiences of healthcare professionals of having their significant other admitted to an acute care facility: A qualitative systematic review. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 15(5), 1409-1439.
2017 Lewis, A., Edwards, S., Whiting, G., & Donnelly, F. (2017). Evaluating student learning outcomes in oral health knowledge and skills.. Journal of clinical nursing, 27(11-12), 12 pages.
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2016 Sabyani, H., Wiechula, R., Magarey, J., & Donnelly, F. (2016). Healthcare professionals' experiences of having a significant other admitted into an acute care facility: a qualitative systematic review protocol. JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, 14(5), 103-109.
2013 Donnelly, F., & Wiechula, R. (2013). An example of qualitative comparative analysis in nursing research. Nurse Researcher, 20(6), 6-11.
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2012 Donnelly, F., & Wiechula, R. (2012). Clinical placement and case study methodology: a complex affair. Nurse Education Today, 32(8), 873-877.
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2009 Wilson, A., Donnelly, F., Chur-Hansen, A., & Turnbull, D. (2009). Selection of Undergraduate Nursing Students using Structured Oral Interviews. Focus on Health Professional Education, 11(1), 61-74. 2008 Wilson, A., Chur-Hansen, A., Donnelly, F., & Turnbull, D. (2008). Being an interviewer in a structured oral assessment process for selection of undergraduate nursing students: Motivations, expectations and reflections of the experience. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 14(6), 477-485.
2006 Donnelly, F., & Wiechula, R. (2006). The lived experience of a tracheostomy tube change: a phenomenological study. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 15(9), 1115-1122.
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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
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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