Ms Jane Currie
NP, BSc City(UK) MSc S'ton, RAANC
Lecturer Acute/Critical Care
M02A - 88 Mallett Street - Building A
The University of Sydney
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Jane Currie is a Lecturer in Nursing at Sydney Nursing School, based at the Mallet Street Campus. Jane's clinical and academic career focus on the contribution of nurse practitioners to patient access to care. Jane joined Sydney Nursing School in 2012 after serving in the British and Australian Defence Forces as a Nursing Officer. Her experiences in the defence force included operational tours of Iraq and Indonesia, serving in primary health care and emergency department settings. Jane is endorsed as a nurse practitioner in the field of emergency nursing and has worked in this role in the UK and Australia.
Jane's research has focused predominantly upon nursing workforce, including role development and preparation for role through education. Her current project aims to evaluate how privately practising nurse practitioners in Australia impact on patient access to care, particularly in community settings. This project is the first of its kind. These unique results relate to nurse practitioners access to the Medicare Benefits Schedule and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, collaborative arrangements, practice setting and workforce characteristics of privately practicing nurse practitioners.
Teaching and supervision
Jane's teaching career includes acute care subjects in the hospital and pre-hospital setting. In her teaching Jane is highly skilled in the application of clinical simulation to small group training and mass casualty simulation (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eS6HOgbdNEU).
Jane supervises Honour students and mentors Masters students in completing Capstone projects. Current projects:
Hiding in Plain Sight: recognising approaches to emergency nurses in treating female partner violence
Thesis title: Evaluation of privately practising nurse practitioner activity in AustraliaSupervisors: Mary CHIARELLA , Thomas BUCKLEY
This thsis presents data from the first national evaluation of privately practising nurse practitioners (PPNP) in Australia.
Although services provided by PPNPs became eligible for subsidisation by the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), little is known about practice activities of NPs in private practice.
Assisted by the Australian College of Nursing, Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, Australian Practice Nurse Association and the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers, PPNPs in Australia were invited to complete an electronic survey. 73 participants reported engaging in private NP practice. Quantitative data were analysed using descriptive statistics and qualitative data interpreted using thematic analysis.
Forty seven percent practise in suburban areas (47.9%, n=35), 42% (n=31) in metropolitan areas and 38% (n=28) in rural areas. Almost three quarters (n=54, 74%) reported working solely in private practice and 26% (n=19) in both private and public health services. 26% (n=19) reported haven undertaken business training prior to entering private practice. The highest proportion of participants provide services related to chronic and complex care (n=52, 71.2%) and primary health care (n=51, 69.9%). The key constraints to private practice reported were restricted MBS items, and the requirement for legislated collaborative arrangements. 96% reported having a collaborative agreement, with 60% of these in writing, and 30% working in the same practice as their collaborating medical practitioner.
This is the first insight into PPNP services in Australia and findings give unique insights into current activities, enablers and restraints to private practice. PPNPs are ideally placed to meet the increasing demand for community and primary health care services and findings from this study inform future policy and workforce development in meeting this need.
- Realist evaluation of privately practising nurse practitioners activity in Australia
- Exploration of terminology used in nursing and allied health professions 'expanded, extended, advanced, enhanced' (Integrative Review)
- Qualitative clinical and operational systems evaluation of a large scale multi-agency decontamination exercise (mixed methods research)
- Application of Emergo Train System to the preparation of military health capabilities for deployment (mixed methods research)
- Army Reserves in the role of Officer Commanding 5 Health Company, 5 Combat Service Support Battalion (MAJOR Currie)
- Tribunal and panel member for the Health Professionals Council Australia
- Associate Editor Military & Retrieval for the Australian Emergency Nursing Journal
- Member Australian College of Nurse Practitioners
- Member Australian College of Nursing
Awards and honours
2016: Award for Outstanding Early Career Teaching as part of the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence
Jan 2016 Australian Defence Medal
Dec 2014 Sydney Nursing School Teaching Innovation Award: $1000
26 Jan 11 Australia Day Medallion awarded for outstanding contribution to clinical training
Oct 06 Operation TELIC (Iraq) Medal
River, J., Currie, J., Randall, S., Crawford, T., Aitken, J. (2015). Creating a community of enquiry : A blended learning approach to nursing education. Small Educational Innovation Grant, University of Sydney: $10,000
Currie, J., Chiarella, M., Buckley, T. (2014). Evaluation of Nurse Practitioners working in Private Practice. Seeding Grant, Faculty of Nursing, University of Sydney: $5000
In the media
Media article HealthTimes 'Privately practising nurse practitioners an untapped resource'
Mass casualty simulation 2014:
Mass casualty simulation 2016:
Currie, J., Chiarella, M., Buckley, T. Privately practising nurse practitioners in Australia. Australian College of Nursing, Oct 16, Melbourne.
Currie, J.Health professionals scope of practice terminology: Is nursing behind the 8 ball? Australian College of Nursing, Nov 14, Adelaide.
Currie, J., Chipps, J. Mapping the field: Military Nursing Research 1990 - 2013: A bibliometric review. Australian Military Medicine Association, Oct 14, Sydney.
Currie, J., Anderson, E., Weston, D., Harding, J.A quality improvement project to evaluate the impact of 17 Combat Service Support Brigade Clinical Governance Framework on the provision of deployable healthcare, Australian Military Medicine Association, Oct 14, Sydney.
Currie, J, Chiarella, M., Buckley, T. Challenges of NP private practice in Australia. Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, Sep 14, Sydney.
Currie, J., Chiarella, M., Buckley, T. The nurse practitioner in private practice. Australian College of Nursing, Oct 13, Canberra.
Currie J., Chiarella M, & Buckley T. Poster presentation:An investigation of the international literature on nurse practitioner private practice models. Australian College of Nurse Practitioners. Oct 13, Hobart.
Health practice; Communication; Nursing practice; Nurse practitioner