Ms Cynthia Delgado

RN, MN (Mental Health-Nurse Practitioner) UWS, DipHSc (Nursing) UWS, MACMHN, MACN
Conjoint Lecturer, Sydney Nursing School
Clinical Nurse Consultant Consultation Liaison Mental Health, Sydney Local Health District

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Biographical details

Cynthia Delgado joined the University of Sydney Nursing School in 2009. She holds the conjoint Clinician-Academic position of Conjoint Lecturer, Mental Health Nursing and Clinical Nurse Consultant, Consultation Liaison Mental Health. Cynthia is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years' experience in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing and has practiced in the inpatient acute and rehabilitation, community, emergency and psychiatric emergency care settings. In her clinical role as Clinical Nurse Consultant in Consultation Liaison Mental Health, she currently practices in the general hospital setting at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney Local Health District.

Cynthia's areas of expertise include Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing care practices; holistic and integrated nursing care practices, including comprehensive assessment and interventions, with a focus on the interface between physical and mental health; mental state and risk assessment; therapeutic and interpersonal communication; emotional intelligence and resilience; and reflective practice and clinical supervision for nurses.

Research interests

Sydney Nursing School

The co-association of and the interrelationship between physical and mental ill-health, and emotional intelligence and resilience are two of the Mental Health Teaching Team’s research areas. Cynthia has been an associate investigator in the team's research projects. This includes the research project collaboration between the University of Sydney Nursing School and the Sydney and South Western Sydney Local Health Districts’ Mental Health Services that focused on the physical health and wellbeing of young people with mental illness.

Sydney Local Health District

As part of her clinical role, Cynthia is also involved in the Sydney Local Health District Mental Health Service's projects. This includes the nurse-led initiative and practice development project, "Trauma-informed nursing model of care and practice”. This project involved the introduction, development and evaluation of trauma-informed care and practice approaches with the aim of enhancing inpatient Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing practice to consistently deliver high quality and sensitive mental health care.

As a sub-branch of this practice development project, Cynthia co-developed, implemented, evaluated and continues to co-lead Trauma-informed safe and collaborative communication workshops. Incorporating the trauma-informed care and practice principles, this education project was specifically designed to complement and extend inpatient Psychiatric and Mental Health nurses' knowledge and skills in therapeutic interpersonal and collaborative communication and care approaches in working with people experiencing high levels of distress.

Teaching and supervision

Sydney Nursing School

Cynthia teaches across local and international pre-registration and postgraduate nursing programs. This includes core mental health subject areas for nursing and specialist mental health nursing. Her teaching areas of focus include: comprehensive and integrated physical and mental health assessment; mental state and risk assessment; integrated approaches to care; therapeutic interventions; consumer and carer participation and recovery; clinical documentation; emotional intelligence; therapeutic and interpersonal communication; and clinical supervision for nurses.

Sydney Local Health District

Cynthia coordinates and teaches across various programs within her clinical role at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Sydney Local Health District Mental Health Service. These include training workshops and in-service sessions for mental and non-mental health nursing and allied health clinicians. Areas of focus include: collaborative integrated care planning and therapeutic interventions (in working with people with an altered mental state due to physical or mental ill-health); mental health and illness literacy skills for nurses; mental state and risk assessment; trauma-informed care practices; emotional intelligence and resilience; conflict resolution; and interpersonal communication. Cynthia also participates in and provides formal individual, group and peer supervision to nurses working within the Sydney Local Health District.

Key areas of expertise:

  • Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing care practices
  • Holistic and integrated nursing care practices, including comprehensive assessment and interventions, with a focus on the interface between physical and mental health
  • Mental state and risk assessment
  • Therapeutic and interpersonal communication
  • Emotional intelligence and resilience
  • Reflective practice and clinical supervision for nurses

Associations

  • Member, Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN)
  • Member, Australian College of Nurses (ACN)
  • Member, Consultation Liaison Mental Health Nurses Special Interest Group, ACMH
  • Member, Sydney Local Health District Mental Health Services Senior Mental Health Nurses Council
  • Member, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Nursing and Midwifery Clinical Council
  • Member, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Research Advisory Committee
  • Member, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Clinical Nurse and Midwife Consultants and Nurse Practitioners Committee

Awards and honours

2015

Best Paper Award for best discussion paper presentation, with N. Yu. Awarded by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) at the ACMHN Consultation Liaison Special Interest Group 13th Annual National Conference, Brisbane, Queensland, June 2015

2011

Research Award for best research paper presentation, with K. Foster & A. McCloughen. Awarded by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) at the ACMHNs 37th Annual International Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland, October 2011

2010

Dean’s Medal Award for academic excellence in the completion of postgraduate Master of Nursing (Mental Health – Nurse Practitioner) in the 2010 academic year. Awarded by the University of Western Sydney.

Conference presentations

McCloughen, A., & Delgado, C. (February 2016). How do people use emotional intelligence to manage poor behaviour? AUSMED Conference "Pathological behaviours in the workplace". Sydney, New South Wales

Delgado, C. (Presenter), & Yu, N. (June 2015). Nursing passion and compassionate care: The Consultation Liaison Mental Health Nurse as the hopeful supporter, guide and observer? Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Consultation-Liaison Special Interest Group (CL SIG) 13th Annual Conference “Passion and compassion in consultation liaison and perinatal and infant mental health nursing”. Brisbane, Queensland. Awarded the annual Consultation Liaison Best Paper Award, CL SIG

Delgado, C. (Presenter), & Norrish, S. (October 2014). The shape of things to come: Becoming trauma-informed in everyday mental health nursing practice. Australian College of Mental Health Nurses 40th International Mental Health Nursing Conference “Honouring the past, shaping the future”. Melbourne, Victoria.

Norrish, S., Delgado, C., & Edwards, C. (October 2014). Trauma informed care in mainstream mental health services. Australian College of Mental Health Nurses 40th International Mental Health Nursing Conference "Honouring the past, shaping the future". Melbourne, Victoria

Delgado, C. (Presenter) (June 2014). Education strategies and challenges for managing delirium in nursing practice. Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Consultation-Liaison Special Interest Group 12th Annual Conference “From the cradle to the grave”. Adelaide, South Australia

Delgado, C. (Co-presenter), Foster, K., & Edwards, C. (October 2013). In theory it’s good practice: Partnering in a conjoint mental health clinician/academic appointment. Australian College of Mental Health Nurses 39th International Mental Health Nursing Conference “Collaboration and Partnerships in Mental Health Nursing”. Perth, Western Australia.

Delgado, C. (Co-presenter), & Foster, K. (October 2013). Partnering to care: Facilitating emotional resilience in general nursing colleagues. Australian College of Mental Health Nurses 39th International Mental Health Nursing Conference “Collaboration and Partnerships in Mental Health Nursing”. Perth, Western Australia.

Delgado, C. (Presenter), & Foster, K. (June 2013). Affecting change through building resilience: Supporting nurses in general hospital settings. Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Consultation-Liaison Special Interest Group 11th Annual Conference “Consultation Liaison Nurses: Present and Available”. Noosaville, Queensland

McCloughen, A., Foster, K., & Delgado, C. (October 2011). What is known about the physical health and wellbeing of emerging adults with mental illness? Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) 37th International Mental Health Nursing Conference “Mental Health Nurses: Swimming Between the Flags?”. Gold Coast, Queensland. Awarded the annual Best Research Paper Award, ACMHN

Keywords

Resilience; Integrated physical and mental health care

Selected publications

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Journals

  • McCloughen, A., Foster, K., Kerley, D., Delgado, C., Turnell, A. (2016). Physical health and well-being: Experiences and perspectives of young adult mental health consumers. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 25, 299-307. [More Information]
  • Foster, K., McCloughen, A., Delgado, C., Kefalas, C., Harkness, E. (2015). Emotional intelligence education in pre-registration nursing programmes: An integrative review. Nurse Education Today, 35(3), 510-517. [More Information]
  • McCloughen, A., Foster, K., Huws-Thomas, M., Delgado, C. (2012). Physical health and wellbeing of emerging and young adults with mental illness: an integrative review of international literature. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 21(3), 274-288. [More Information]

2016

  • McCloughen, A., Foster, K., Kerley, D., Delgado, C., Turnell, A. (2016). Physical health and well-being: Experiences and perspectives of young adult mental health consumers. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 25, 299-307. [More Information]

2015

  • Foster, K., McCloughen, A., Delgado, C., Kefalas, C., Harkness, E. (2015). Emotional intelligence education in pre-registration nursing programmes: An integrative review. Nurse Education Today, 35(3), 510-517. [More Information]

2012

  • McCloughen, A., Foster, K., Huws-Thomas, M., Delgado, C. (2012). Physical health and wellbeing of emerging and young adults with mental illness: an integrative review of international literature. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 21(3), 274-288. [More Information]

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