Associate Professor Donna Waters

RN, PhD MPH Sydney BA Macquarie, Paed Cert FCN
Associate Professor/Associate Dean Research

M02A - 88 Mallett Street - Building A
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9114 4036

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Biographical details

Donna Waters is a registered general and obstetric nurse with 25 years experience in the management of nursing, medical and health services research. Following specialist training in paediatrics, she commenced a 10-year research career at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children (now the Children's Hospital at Westmead) before going on to manage an independent nursing and health services research organisation for more than 12 years. She also worked as the Manager of research and projects at the College of Nursing in Sydney and as Associate Professor of Nursing for Justice Health in NSW. As a member of the Governing Council of the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, Donna is a passionate advocate for the health of children and young people, and for paediatric nursing education. She is currently the Associate Dean (Research) at Sydney Nursing School.

Research interests

Donna has a special interest in evidence-based practice - particularly innovations and strategies that aid the transfer and implementation of research evidence into clinical practice. She was involved in early development research into evidence based practice guidelines for nurse practitioners in NSW and has also been involved as a researcher and consultant in nursing workforce and workload studies.

Research interests

  • Paediatrics and child health
  • Research education
  • Evidence implementation
  • Knowledge transfer

Teaching and supervision

Current research students

Narelle Story. PhD Candidate.'Hunger and satiety after weight loss surgery : a multi centre investigation comparing eating behaviours before and one year after gastric banding, gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy'. Primary Supervisor

Denise Cummins. PhD Candidate. 'Professional Caregivers and HIV associated neurocognitive disorder'. Research Supervisor

Tanya Connell. PhD Candidate. 'Psychological assessment and depression screening in private obstetric care'. Primary Supervisor

Belinda Kennedy. M(Phil) Candidate . 'Exploring the relationship between personality type and length of service within emergency nursing'. Primary Supervisor

Kat Leung. PhD Candidate. 'Clinical nurse teachers attitudes and perceptions of knowledge and skills towards evidence-based practice'. Associate Supervisor

Priya Munirathinam. M(Phil) Candidate. 'The perceived needs of parents of infants requiring surgery in a neonatal intensive care unit'. Associate Supervisor

Completed research students

Clare Davies. Master of Philosophy. 'The Use of Respiratory Assessment Tools in the Nursing Evaluation of Infants with Bronchiolitis'.

Julia Smailes. Master of Nursing (Research). 'General nurses' recognition of psychological distress in prisoners'. University of Technology, Sydney

Areas of teaching

Research methods, research design and evidence-based practice. Other teaching includes writing skills, literature searching and appraisal, and guideline development and appraisal.

Keywords

Evidence-based health care; Chronic disease; Translation research; Paediatrics; Maternal and child health

International links

China

(School of Nursing, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Nursing, Peking Union Medical College School of Nursing, Huzhou Teachers College) Nursing education and beginning research relationships

Selected grants

2014

  • Process evaluation of implementation of the Grace Risk Score in hospitals participating in the AGRIS study; Waters D, Brieger D, Aliprandi-Costa B; University of Edinburgh (UK)/Research Grant.

2013

  • LEADERSHIP AND ROLE DEVELOPMENT FOR NURSING AND MIDWIFERY RESEARCH; Dracup K, Waters D; DVC Research/International Research Collaboration Award (IRCA).
  • Strengthening health systems through the development of health professionals; Waters D, Freckelton L, Guo Y, Huang J, She Z, Fang W, Liu Y; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

2011

  • Southern Cross University: Policy and Planning Research for Sustainable Regions; Ryan N, Salkeld G, Byrne M, Waters D; Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (Federal)/Collaborative Research Networks.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Nagy, S., Mills, J., Waters, D., Birks, M. (2010). Using Research in Healthcare Practice. Sydney: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Inc (Wolters Kluwer Health).

Book Chapters

  • Waters, D. (2014). Australia's children and young people. In Jennifer Fraser (Eds.), Paediatric Nursing in Australia, (pp. 3-28). 477 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne, VIC 3207, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Waters, D., Stasa, H. (2014). Evidence-based nursing assessments and interventions: The child and young person with a chronic illness. In Jennifer Fraser (Eds.), Paediatric Nursing in Australia, (pp. 229-258). 477 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne, VIC 3207, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Waters, D. (2014). Research in the paediatric setting. In Jennifer Fraser (Eds.), Paediatric Nursing in Australia, (pp. 77-106). 477 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne, VIC 3207, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Waters, D. (2010). Using evidence in general practice. In Lynne Walker (Eds.), General Practice Nursing, (pp. 402-421). Australia: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Waters, D. (2004). Qualitative Research. In Virginia A. Moyer et al (Eds.), Evidence Based Pediatrics and Child Health, (pp. 111-118). BMJ Books.

Journals

  • Leung, K., Trevena, L., Waters, D. (2014). Systematic review of instruments for measuring nurses' knowledge, skills and attitudes for evidence-based practice. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70(10), 2181-2195. [More Information]
  • Leung, K., Trevena, L., Waters, D. (2012). Development of an appraisal tool to evaluate strength of an instrument or outcome measure. Nurse Researcher, 20(2), 13-19. [More Information]
  • Cashin, A., Chiarella, M., Waters, D., Potter, E. (2011). Assessing nursing competency in the correctional environment: the creation of a self-reflection learning and development tool. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 24(6), 267-273. [More Information]
  • Waters, D., Crisp, J., Rychetnik, L., Barratt, A. (2009). The Australian experience of nurses' preparedness for evidence-based practice. Journal of Nursing Management, 17(4), 510-518. [More Information]
  • Waters, D., Rychetnik, L., Crisp, J., Barratt, A. (2009). Views on evidence from nursing and midwifery opinion leaders. Nurse Education Today, 29(8), 829-834. [More Information]
  • Cashin, A., Chiarella, M., Waters, D., Potter, E. (2008). Assessing Nursing Competency in the Correctional Environment. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 24(6), 267-273. [More Information]
  • McKay, K., Waters, D., Gaskin, K. (2005). The influence of newborn screening for cystic fibrosis on pulmonary outcomes in New South Wales. The Journal of Pediatrics, 147(3 Supp 1), S47-S50.
  • Cooke, H., Waters, D., Dyer, K., Lawler, J., Picone, D. (2004). Development of a best practice model of midwifery-led antenatal care. Women and Birth, 17(2), 21-25.
  • Waters, D., Picone, D., Cooke, H., Dyer, K., Brodie, P., Middleton, S. (2004). Midwifery-led care: finding evidence for an antenatal model. Women and Birth, 17(2), 16-20.
  • Allen, J., McCauley, J., Selby, A., Waters, D., Gruca, M., Baur, L., Van Asperen, P., Gaskin, K. (2003). Differences in resting energy expenditure between male and female children with cystic fibrosis. The Journal of Pediatrics, 142(1), 15-19.
  • Waters, D., Clarke, M., Ingall, A., Dean-Jones, M. (2003). Evaluation of a pilot mentoring programme for nurse managers. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 42(5), 516-526.

Conferences

  • Judd, B., Gordon, C., Alison, J., Waters, D. (2014). Does Clinical Simulation Elicit Similar Stress Responses to Clinical Practice in Physiotherapy students? ANZAHPE National Conference, Gold Coast: ANZAHPE.
  • Fraser, J., Flemington, T., Waters, D., Fowler, C. (2014). Everybody Needs to Know: Building capacity to recognise and respond to traumatic head injuries in a paediatric hospital in Việt Nam. XXth ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect, Aurora, CO 80045 USA: International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

2014

  • Waters, D. (2014). Australia's children and young people. In Jennifer Fraser (Eds.), Paediatric Nursing in Australia, (pp. 3-28). 477 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne, VIC 3207, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Judd, B., Gordon, C., Alison, J., Waters, D. (2014). Does Clinical Simulation Elicit Similar Stress Responses to Clinical Practice in Physiotherapy students? ANZAHPE National Conference, Gold Coast: ANZAHPE.
  • Fraser, J., Flemington, T., Waters, D., Fowler, C. (2014). Everybody Needs to Know: Building capacity to recognise and respond to traumatic head injuries in a paediatric hospital in Việt Nam. XXth ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect, Aurora, CO 80045 USA: International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.
  • Waters, D., Stasa, H. (2014). Evidence-based nursing assessments and interventions: The child and young person with a chronic illness. In Jennifer Fraser (Eds.), Paediatric Nursing in Australia, (pp. 229-258). 477 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne, VIC 3207, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Waters, D. (2014). Research in the paediatric setting. In Jennifer Fraser (Eds.), Paediatric Nursing in Australia, (pp. 77-106). 477 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne, VIC 3207, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Leung, K., Trevena, L., Waters, D. (2014). Systematic review of instruments for measuring nurses' knowledge, skills and attitudes for evidence-based practice. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70(10), 2181-2195. [More Information]

2012

  • Leung, K., Trevena, L., Waters, D. (2012). Development of an appraisal tool to evaluate strength of an instrument or outcome measure. Nurse Researcher, 20(2), 13-19. [More Information]

2011

  • Cashin, A., Chiarella, M., Waters, D., Potter, E. (2011). Assessing nursing competency in the correctional environment: the creation of a self-reflection learning and development tool. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 24(6), 267-273. [More Information]

2010

  • Waters, D. (2010). Using evidence in general practice. In Lynne Walker (Eds.), General Practice Nursing, (pp. 402-421). Australia: McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Nagy, S., Mills, J., Waters, D., Birks, M. (2010). Using Research in Healthcare Practice. Sydney: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Inc (Wolters Kluwer Health).

2009

  • Waters, D., Crisp, J., Rychetnik, L., Barratt, A. (2009). The Australian experience of nurses' preparedness for evidence-based practice. Journal of Nursing Management, 17(4), 510-518. [More Information]
  • Waters, D., Rychetnik, L., Crisp, J., Barratt, A. (2009). Views on evidence from nursing and midwifery opinion leaders. Nurse Education Today, 29(8), 829-834. [More Information]

2008

  • Cashin, A., Chiarella, M., Waters, D., Potter, E. (2008). Assessing Nursing Competency in the Correctional Environment. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 24(6), 267-273. [More Information]

2005

  • McKay, K., Waters, D., Gaskin, K. (2005). The influence of newborn screening for cystic fibrosis on pulmonary outcomes in New South Wales. The Journal of Pediatrics, 147(3 Supp 1), S47-S50.

2004

  • Cooke, H., Waters, D., Dyer, K., Lawler, J., Picone, D. (2004). Development of a best practice model of midwifery-led antenatal care. Women and Birth, 17(2), 21-25.
  • Waters, D., Picone, D., Cooke, H., Dyer, K., Brodie, P., Middleton, S. (2004). Midwifery-led care: finding evidence for an antenatal model. Women and Birth, 17(2), 16-20.
  • Waters, D. (2004). Qualitative Research. In Virginia A. Moyer et al (Eds.), Evidence Based Pediatrics and Child Health, (pp. 111-118). BMJ Books.

2003

  • Allen, J., McCauley, J., Selby, A., Waters, D., Gruca, M., Baur, L., Van Asperen, P., Gaskin, K. (2003). Differences in resting energy expenditure between male and female children with cystic fibrosis. The Journal of Pediatrics, 142(1), 15-19.
  • Waters, D., Clarke, M., Ingall, A., Dean-Jones, M. (2003). Evaluation of a pilot mentoring programme for nurse managers. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 42(5), 516-526.

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