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Lecture Overview

Published research conducted by Ausmed Education in 2017 revealed that nurses commonly identified pushback from other staff as a major reason for new knowledge not being transferred to practice. Dealing with ‘pushback’ from other staff can be exceptionally challenging and this session looks at why it happens and what you can do to combat negativity and resistance to change.


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Karen-Ann Clarke

Dr Karen-Ann Clarke is a registered nurse and a specialised mental health nurse with 30 years’ experience of working with individuals and families impacted by the experience of mental illness. Using a feminist narrative methodology, her PhD research explored the way that women diagnosed with depression made decisions and meanings about receiving electroconvulsive therapy. As a lecturer in nursing at USC, Karen-Ann is responsible for the coordination of mental health curricula across multiple undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Teaching in excess of 900 undergraduate students each year, she is passionate about the value that immersive mental health simulation can bring to student’s learning and clinical skills and the way that it can safely bring to life theoretical concepts related to mental healthcare. Karen-Ann currently supervises a number of honours, masters and PhD students and is part of numerous research projects, involving visualisation and simulation, mental illness, suicide prevention and the inclusion of people with lived experience of mental illness into the teaching and learning space. See Educator Profile


26 Total Rating(s)
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bronwyn ann beecroft
28 Jun 2019

Engaging and personable educator.

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Sum Chee Ho
28 May 2019

Very informative lecture.

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Susan Morrison
20 May 2019

I found this a very useful resource and would recommend it to anyone who is faced with change, either as a person managing change or faced with the challenges of change.

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Gillian Plummer
19 May 2019


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Melissa Court
14 May 2019

Very insightful

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Sophie Liu
12 May 2019

good education material

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louise ann mackie
05 May 2019

great resource ,well paced and informative

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Jessica Johanson
30 Apr 2019


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wendy smallwood
28 Apr 2019

A very good resource as it is simply presented by a very informed educator

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Lucy Fanning
28 Apr 2019

I found this extremely helpful,particularly in understanding my own resistance to change and strategies to overcome this and the resistance of others to accept changes that reflect best practice.