National Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery

Karen Clark-Burg, Dean of Nursing

Professor Karen Clark-Burg

RN, PhD, MBA(Exec)

Phone: 9433 0278

  • Biography

    Karen is the National Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery, and interim Head of the School of Health Sciences and Physiotherapy. She has worked at the university for many years in senior leadership positions as first-year academic liaison, Chair of the Curriculum Review Committee, Assistant dean and Undergraduate course coordinator and most recently, Dean of the School of Nursing. Karen has extensive experience in academia and has led and developed curriculum for accreditation at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Prior to this she has worked in private and public hospitals as a perioperative registered nurse. She held both clinical and non-clinical roles and has experience in management within the health care sector.

    Throughout her nursing career, Karen has received numerous scholarships and awards in leading innovative practice in nursing education and in nursing leadership and management. She is formally qualified with an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA). Her PhD topic reflects her passion for advancing nursing leadership in her study of the decision-making process of Nurse managers.

    Karen is actively involved in global nursing policy work starting in 2016 when she was selected as one of 26 nurses worldwide to participate in the Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLI) program in Geneva delivered by the International Council of Nursing (ICN). Karen is a GNLI scholar and work with ICN on collaborative projects with the World Health Organisation (WHO) as part of the alumni network.

    Karen was a board member on the WA Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) . She was previously the Vice President of the WA Chapter Honor Society of the Sigma Theta Tau International and a committee member of the Inaugural WA chapter. Karen is a member on the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) of South Metropolitan health service and Vice chair of the Leadership communities of interest of the Australian College of Nursing (ACN). Karen is on the editorial Board of the interdisciplinary journal, the Australian Journal of Clinical Education and on the Standards committee of the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses.  Karen is currently on the National committee, Registered Nurse Accreditation Committee (RNAC) for programs leading to registration with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).

    Karen has presented widely at national and international conferences and published locally, nationally and internationally. Her research interests are in the area of perioperative nursing, nursing management, decision making and learning and teaching innovations.

  • Teaching areas

    Perioperative nursing, nursing management, decision making and learning and teaching innovations

  • Research expertise and supervision

    Perioperative nursing, nursing management, decision making and learning and teaching innovations. Grounded Theory, Qualitiative research.

    Karen is currently supervising 7 Higher degree by research students and has supervised students to completion. Karen is part of a research team with partners from Sacred Heart University, Connecticut on a multinational study researching graduate nurses clinical leadership behaviors  in Australia, Ireland and the US. Karen also co-teaches in the Nursing Leadership and Management course to students from Australia, Ireland and America in Dingle, Ireland as part of a study abroad program.

  • Journal articles and proceedings

    Clarke, S., Clark-Burg, K. & Pavlos, E. (2018) Clinical Handover of immediate postoperative patients: A Literature review. Journal of Perioperative Nursing, Volume 31 (2).

    Nicholson, P; Clark-Burg, K., Flood, P., Gimblett, M., Goudas, L. & Robinson, R. (2018) ‘Safe patient positioning in the perioperative environment’. ACORN journal Vol 31 (1).

    Clark-Burg, K; & Alliex, S. (2017). Nurse Managers’ Decision Making Styles. Nursing Management Journal.

    Hay, B., Carr, P., Dawe, L & Clark-Burg, K. (2016). I’m Ready to Learn. Journal of Healthcare Communications and Informatics.

    Clark-Burg, K. & Vakil, A (2013) ‘Mentorship and the new undergraduate student.’ The Hive. September edition.

    Clark-Burg, K., Carr, P., Hay, B. & McNaught, K (2013). The use of Social media in the undergraduate curriculum.

    Clark-Burg, K; Das, A & Alliex, S. (2010). An innovative educational experience: the use of video to enhance the learning of practical skills in the undergraduate nursing curriculum. Nursing Review. May 16-17.

    Clark-Burg, K (2008) 'Future perioperative registered nurses: an insight into a perioperative programme for undergraduate nursing students', Journal of Perioperative Practice Vol. 18 (10), p. 432.

  • Conference papers

    • 2018 12th Biennial Conference of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery:
      ‘Universal Health Coverage: SDGs are everyone's business’
      Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, Far North Queensland, Australia
      Paper: “Are we making a meaningful impact: perspectives of undergraduate nursing students on their Vietnam immersion program”
    • 2018 Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN) and ASIORNA International Conference Adelaide Convention Centre
      Paper: “Are we doing enough to prevent patient injuries caused by positioning for surgery? An overview of the ACORN Standard: ‘Safe Patient Positioning in the Perioperative Environment”.
    • 2017 Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) 44th Biennial Convention Indianapolis, United States of America
      Paper: “Intrapreneurial Nurse Managers: Transforming Workplaces.”
    • 2017 International Council of Nursing (ICN) Biennial Convention Barcelona, Spain
      Paper: “How do our Nurse Managers make decisions?”
    • 2015 St John of God Subiaco Research Symposium Keynote Address
      Paper: “A force for Change”
    • 2014 Teaching and Learning Forum
      University Club, UWA (January 2014)
      Paper: “Social Media in the Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum”
    • 2013 1st Nursing and Midwifery Leadership Conference Pan Pacific Hotel, Perth (November 2013)
      Winner: Best Oral Presenter Award
      Paper: “Nurse Managers’ Decision Making Styles”
    • Invited Speaker - Operating Room Nurses Association (ORNA) 44th Annual Conference – “Things that go bump”
      Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle (October 2013)
      Paper: “Why we do what we do” Debunking the management myths
    • 2013 1st Annual Worldwide Nursing Conferene Singapore (July 2013) 
      Paper: “Nurse Managers Decision Making Process” HERDSA Conference Auckland, New Zealand (July 2013) 
      Poster: “An innovative mentoring programme for undergraduate nursing students”
    • 2011 International Council of Nurses (ICN) Conference Nurses Driving Access, Quality and Health La Valetta, Malta (2nd – 8th May 2011) Paper: “Clinical Nurse Managers: A study on decision making process”
    • Invited Keynote Speaker - Operating Room Nurses Association (ORNA) 43rd Annual Conference – “The heat is on” Rendezvous Observation Centre, (25th - 26th May 2011) Paper: “Striking the balance”: Preliminary findings from a study on clinical nurse managers”
    • 2010 Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN) 2010 14th National Conference – Westward Bound: Building a Strong Future (19th -22nd May 2010)
    • Paper: “In Leaps and Bounds: Towards a Strong Future” 2009 Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) West Australian Networking and Dissemination Forum – Curtin University, Bentley WA (November 2009)
    • Poster:” Interactive Video Method of Teaching and Assessment”
    • ALTC Collaborative Grant Project - The Physiotherapy, Health Science, Education, Nursing and Counselling (PHENC) Project (July 2009)
    • Paper: ‘Interactive video analysis to develop learning and assessment of university students’ practical and communication skills’.
    • 4th International Congress on Innovations in Nursing (ICIN) – Speaker Perth Convention Centre WA (27-29 May 2009) Paper: “Collaborative Education: an innovative method of teaching undergraduate nursing students”
    • Royal College of Nursing, Joint Education Forums’ 2nd International Conference and Exhibition - Speaker Thistle Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland (11-13 June 2009) Paper: “Videoing as a teaching and learning tool in an undergraduate nursing curriculum”
    • 2008 Royal College of Nursing Australia Annual Conference –Speaker Sheraton Hotel Perth WA (25 – 27 September 2008) Paper: “An Innovative Educational Experience: the Use of Video to Enhance Learning of Practical Skills in the Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum”
    • ACORN National Conference – Speaker Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Queensland (21-24 May 2008) Paper: “Sink or Swim: Bridging the gap between the flags”
    • Winner of the Best Novice Paper Award sponsored by Nicholas Stenning & Co
  • Books and Journal Article reviews

    • 2018 Hamlin et al, Introduction to Perioperative Nursing, Australian Edition – Elsevier REVIEW
    • 2017 Chang and Daly, Text: Transitions in Nursing 3rd edition Australian Edition – Elsevier REVIEW
    • 2016 - current Editor, Australian Journal for Clinical Education
    • 2015 - current ACORN journal reviewer, Journal of Perioperative Nursing in Australia
    • 2015 Kozier and Erb’s, Text: Fundamentals of Nursing: 4th edition Australian Edition - PEARSON EDUCATION REVIEW
    • 2011 “Undergraduate nursing students' placement in speciality clinical areas: understanding the concerns of the student and registered nurse”, Journal: Nurse Education Today
  • Awards

    • 2011 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Initiatives that Enhance Student Learning – Inaugural Award University of Notre Dame Australia
    • 2011 Joyce Wickham Memorial Grant Royal College of Nursing Australia
    • 2010 2010 Helen Bailey Scholarship Nursing and Midwifery Office, Health Department of Western Australia
    • 2009 Nomination for Staff Excellence Award – Women and Newborn Health Service
    • 2008 University Nomination for Teaching Excellence – Australian Learning & Teaching Council (Carrick Institute)
    • 2008 Best Novice Paper – ACORN National Conference Presented at Gold Coast Exhibition Centre
    • 2006 Professional Scholarship - Diploma in Business by Australian institute of Management (AIM) Women’s and Childrens’ Health Service
    • 2005 Scholarship - Healthcare Association of Western Australia (HAWA) To attend the 3rd Australasian Conference on Safety and Quality in HealthCare “Evolution or Revolution” Adelaide
    • 2005 Inaugural ‘Leading 100’– WA Emerging Health Leaders Program Selected by Area Health Service CEO and WA State Health Executive to undertake a 6 month program in leadership.