Dr Jennifer RF Blundell
Jennifer is a registered nurse with post registration qualifications in neurological and neurosurgical nursing and has been engaged in nurse education since the mid-1970s, firstly in Western Australia and later within the tertiary sector in New South Wales. She has been an academic at the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery for the past 15 years and has held various positions. She was the Associate Dean (Academic) for several years, and currently holds an honorary position attached to the Nursing History and Research Unit in the Faculty.
Areas of expertise
- Neuroscience nursing practice
- History of development of clinical nursing
- Curriculum development and evaluation
Current research projects
The Development of Neuroscience Nursing and Scholarship
Review of Nurse Teacher Competencies (with Guy J, Taylor C, Tolhurst G, Roden J, Naylor B)
Books and book chapters
Blundell J (2011) Management of patients with neurologic trauma in Farrell M & Dempsey J (eds.) Smeltzer & Bare’s Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing (2nd Australian and New Zealand edn), Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Blundell J (2011) Management of patients with neurologic infections, autoimmune disorders and neuropathies in Farrell M & Dempsey J (eds.) Smeltzer & Bare’s Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing (2nd Australian and New Zealand edn), Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Roberts D & Blundell J, (2008) Nursing Assessment: Musculoskeletal in Brown D & Edwards H (eds) Lewis’s Medical-Surgical Nursing: Assessment and management of clinical problems (2nd edn), Mosby Elsevier, Sydney.
Blundell J (2004) Neurologic Health Breakdown in Chang E & Daly J (eds) Pathophysiology Applied to Nursing, Mosby, Elsevier Science, Melbourne.
Nolan A, Hazelton L & Blundell J (1995) The dynamics of care giving, in Nolan A & Hazelton L (eds) 1995 The Practising Nurse, WB Saunders, Sydney.
Roche B, Higgins I, Blundell J & Sheard J (1994) Neurological Problems in Romanini, J & Daly, J (eds) Critical Care Nursing: Australian Perspectives, WB Saunders, Sydney.
Guy J, Tayloer C, Roden J, Blundell, J, Tolhurst G (2011) Reframing the Australian nurse teacher competencies: Do they reflect the ‘REAL’ world of nurse-teacher practice? Nurse Education Today, 31(3): 231-237.
Blundell J (2007). Historical review: Intracranial pressure measurement, Australasian Journal of Neuroscience, 18 (2): 8-9.
Blundell J (2005) Historical review: measurement of blood pressure and Cushing’s triad, Australasian Journal of Neuroscience, 17 (1):22-23.
Edgtton-Winn M, Blundell, J, Ramjan J (2004) End-tidal carbon dioxide variation during intra-hospital transport of manually ventilated neurosurgical patients, Australian Critical Care, 17 (2): 81.
Blundell J (1994) The Perils of Positioning: Maximising for Rehabilitation in the Acute Neuroscience Patient, Australasian Journal of Neuroscience, 7 (3):16-18.
Maddocks I, Brew B, Waddy H, & Williams I 2006 Palliative Neurology, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge in Australasian Journal of Neuroscience, 18 (1).
Cohen-Gadol AA & Spencer DD (eds) 2007 The Legacy of Harvey Cushing: Profiles of patient care, Thieme Medical Publishers Inc., New York in Australasian Journal of Neuroscience, 19 (1).
Guy J, Taylor C, Roden J, Tolhurst G, Blundell J (2010) Poster: Reframing Nurse Teacher Competencies: Do they reflect the real world of nurse teacher practice? 3rd International Nursing Education Conference, Sydney, Australia.
Blundell, J (2009) The genesis of neuroscience nursing: From philanthropy to primacy. Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Annual Scientific Meeting, Adelaide, South Australia
Blundell, J, The Development of Neuroscience Nursing Scholarship in Australasia, 1987-2007, Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney, New South Wales
Guy J, Tolhurst G, Blundell J, Turner C, Roden J, Naylor M (2008) Nurse teacher perceptions of the ANTS Nurse Teacher Competencies, 13th National Nurse Education Conference, Sydney
Blundell J (2006) Nurses use of self in assessment of patients with altered consciousness, Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Annual Scientific Meeting, Cairns, Queensland
Blundell, J (2003) Positioning patients with increased muscle tone related to cerebral injury Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Annual Scientific Meeting, Queenstown, NZ
Egtton-Winn M & Blundell J (2003) End-tidal carbon dioxide variation during intra-hospital transport of manually ventilated neurosurgical patients, Proceedings of the 28th Australian and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting on Intensive Care, Queensland
Awards and grants
Australasian Neurosurgical Society Prize for the best paper presented at the Australasian Neurosurgical Nurses Association Meeting, Queenstown, NZ (2003)
Areas of teaching and research supervision
Completed research students
Doctor of Philosophy
Hall M Back to the future; a history of the present: Regulation as a technique of control (2011).
Stewart G Illuminative evaluation method: Ethics in professional nursing: perceptions and practice (2009)
Thornley T Discovering the expert; A grounded theory study of registered nurses (2007)
Tolhurst G The nurse teacher in the clinical health care service: working in an inherent variable world of clinical practice (2006)
Master of Nursing (Philosophy)
McLean J Recovery following pneumonectomy: patients’ initial two year experience (2000)
Master of Health Science
Woods L An Investigation into Factors Involved in Farmers’ Back Injuries in the Central West of New South Wales
McAlpine S History of Women’s Health Services in the Rural City of Wagga Wagga from 1973 to 1991
Nash R Nurses' Diagnosis of Pain: A Study of the Defining Characteristics
Areas of teaching
Research and evidence-based practice
Archivist, Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Association