Professor Jill White

AM, RN, RM, BEd, MEd, PhD
Professor, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery

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The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Professor Jill White is immediate past Dean of Sydney Nursing School (2008-2014) who retired in 2014 after 30 years at the forefront of Australasian nursing and midwifery education. Following a year’s research leave in 2015 she will resume her Professorial role at the school. Professor White’s distinguished career has seen her at the frontiers of major change in nursing education, policy and regulation, with her work having had a significant impact at state, national and international levels. In 2011, she was awarded Member of the Order of Australia Medal (AM) in the Australia Day Honours list for services to nursing and midwifery. “Nurses have extraordinary responsibilities working with vulnerable people”, says Professor White, “when I studied nursing, the quality of education was poor and we weren’t necessarily equipped to make life-changing decisions. This experience made me an advocate for better education in nursing.” Professor White helped develop one of the first tertiary nursing programs in Australia, leading to NSW Government recognition of the benefits of formal education in nursing and resultant policy change making tertiary education the only method of obtaining nursing registration, a move that was followed across Australia. As a further shift in the education model saw Nursing become a university degree, “this was a critical juncture for the introduction of research into the curriculum” she notes. At the Sydney Nursing School, Professor White led the development of the faculty’s strategic plan, the redevelopment of all pre-registration and post-registration programs, and successfully campaigned for the reintroduction of the Bachelor of Nursing Advanced Studies degree. She and colleagues collaboratively grew the faculty’s research program and capability to become recognised by Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) as research ‘above world class’. She also forged the school’s many international relationships.

Professor White made numerous other contributions prior to joining the University of Sydney. She was the auteur of major change while working in the 1990s in New Zealand, where she studied the effects of the country’s health reforms on Nursing and Midwifery, and conceptualized the idea of sociopolitical nursing knowledge, to raise awareness of nurse interactions beyond nurse and patient. She has more recently extended the concept toward a focus on policy, stressing the inseparability of nursing practice and policy. During her time as Dean of UTS’ Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Health, she worked with colleagues around to Australia to separate the disciplines of Nursing and Midwifery in terms of education and regulation and founded a WHO Collaborating Centre. Professor White was the Minister for Education’s nominee on the National Nursing & Nursing Education Taskforce (2004-2006).

Research interests

Professor White has four major areas of research focus, interest and output where she helped generate new knowledge and published extensively. These include:

  • Inter-professional learning
  • Health policy and health reform
  • Health professional regulation
  • Curriculum development – she co-led the development of a new model for curriculum renewal.

Professor White also has developed International Nursing Research and Policy roundtables extending across Australia, Canada, UK, and USA. Her current focus remains in the area of international policy. She is working with the WHO in Geneva and the International Council of Nurses on Nursing Voice in Health Policy. Jill will spend time at the University of Pennsylvania as part of her Senior Fulbright Scholarship where she will explore the role of nursing in US health care reform (ObamaCare) and contribute to policy.

Keywords

Health Care policy; Nursing and Midwifery education; Nursing and Midwifery regulation

Selected grants

2013

  • Building a strategic health partnership with the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Fiji National University.; Evans W, Bandaranayake D, Peck C, Ramzan I, Walton M, White J, Rouse I; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

2011

  • Developing health policy leadership in nursing and midwifery; White J; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

2010

  • Capacity Building for Internationa Nursing and Midwifery Research Collaborations; White J; DVC International/IPDF Grant.
  • Curriculum renewal and interprofessional health education: establishing capabilities, outcomes and standards; Dunston R, Dignam D, Matthews L, White J, Pockett R, Jones S, Brewer M, Rudd C, Buys N, Steketee C, Groves M, Moran M, Carr S, Thistlethwaite J, Forman D, Yassine T, Nisbet G; Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT)/Priority Projects.

2009

  • International Nursing and Health Care Research and Policy Collaborative; White J; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

2007

  • Developing interprofessional learning and practice capabilities within the higher education sector; Dunston R, Lee A, Slade D, Lee A, Matthews L, Nisbet G, Pockett R, Thistlethwaite J, White J; Australian Learning and Teaching Council/Priority Projects Program.

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • White, J. (2014). Through a Socio-political Lens: The Relationship of Practice, Education, Research, and Policy to Social Justice. In Paula N. Kagan, Marlaine C. Smith, Peggy L. Chinn (Eds.), Philosophies and Practices of Emancipatory Nursing: Social Justice as Praxis, (pp. 298-308). New York: Routledge.
  • White, J. (2010). The Australian and New Zealand context. In Pairman S; Tracy SK; Thorogood C; Pincombe J (Eds.), Midwifery: Preparation for practice 2e, (pp. 36-51). Sydney: Churchill Livingstone.
  • White, J. (2009). Nursing today. In Crisp & Taylor (Eds.), Potter & Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing, (pp. 1-15). Sydney, Australia: Elsevier.
  • White, J., Hughes, F. (2009). The healthcare delivery system. In Crisp & Taylor (Eds.), Potter & Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing, (pp. 16-34). Sydney, Australia: Elsevier.
  • White, J. (2007). Becoming a competent, confident professional practitioner. In Esther Chang, John Daly (Eds.), Transitions in Nursing: Preparing for Professional Nursing Practice, (pp. 16-28). Australia: Churchill Livingstone.
  • White, J. (2006). Australian and New Zealand context. In Sally Pairman, Jan Pincombe, Carol Thorogood, Sally K. Tracy (Eds.), Midwifery: Preparation for Practice, (pp. 34-47). Chatswood: Churchill Livingstone.
  • White, J. (2006). Patterns of Knowing: Review, Critique, and Update. In Linda C. Andrist, Patrice K. Nicholas, Karen Anne Wolf (Eds.), A History of Nursing Ideas, (pp. 139-150). United States: Jones & Bartlett Publishers Inc.
  • White, J. (2005). Nursing today. In Jackie Crisp & Catherine Taylor (Eds.), Potter & Perry's fundamentals of Nursing, (pp. 1-15). Marrickville, NSW: Elsevier.
  • White, J. (2004). Australian Foreword. In Donna Diers (Eds.), Speaking of Nursing..: Narratives of Practice, Research, Policy and the Profession, (pp. xiv-xv). United States: Jones & Bartlett Publishers Inc.
  • White, J. (2003). Patterns of Knowing: Review, Critique, and Update. In Pamela G Reed, Leslie H. Nicoll, Nelma C Shearer (Eds.), Perspectives on Nursing Theory, (pp. 247-258). United States: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Journals

  • Chiarella, M., White, J. (2013). Which tail wags which dog? Exploring the interface between professional regulation and professional education. Nurse Education Today, 33(11), 1274-1278. [More Information]
  • Matthews, L., Pockett, R., Nisbet, G., Thistlethwaite, J., Dunston, R., Lee, A., White, J. (2011). Building Capacity in Australian Interprofessional Health Education: Perspectives from Key Health and Higher Education Stakeholders. Australian Health Review, 35(2), 136-140. [More Information]
  • Brown, D., White, J., Leibbrandt, L. (2006). Collaborative partnerships for nursing faculties and health service providers: What can nursing learn from business literature? Journal of Nursing Management, 14(3), 170-179.
  • Leibbrandt, L., Brown, D., White, J. (2005). National comparative curriculum evaluation of baccalaureate nursing degrees: A framework for the practice based professions. Nurse Education Today, 25(6), 418-429.

Research Reports

  • Dunston, R., Lee, A., Lee, A., Matthews, L., Nisbet, G., Pockett, R., Thistlethwaite, J., White, J. (2010). Interprofessional Health Education in Australia: Report of the Launch of the proposal The Way Forward, March 2010, (pp. 1 - 36). Sydney, Australia: University of Technology Sydney, The University of Sydney.
  • Bell, C., Dunston, R., Fitzgerald, T., Hawke, G., Lee, A., Lee, A., Matthews, L., Nisbet, G., Pockett, R., Slade, D., White, J., et al (2009). Interprofessional Health Education in Australia: The Way Forward, (pp. 7 - 33). Sydney, Australia: Australian Learning and Teaching Council.
  • Bell, C., Dunston, R., Fitzgerald, T., Hawke, G., Lee, A., Lee, A., Matthews, L., Nisbet, G., Pockett, R., Slade, D., White, J., et al (2008). Interprofessional health education in Australia: A proposal for future research and development, December 2008, (pp. 4 - 30). Sydney, Australia: L-TIPP, Centre for Research in Learning and Change.

2014

  • White, J. (2014). Through a Socio-political Lens: The Relationship of Practice, Education, Research, and Policy to Social Justice. In Paula N. Kagan, Marlaine C. Smith, Peggy L. Chinn (Eds.), Philosophies and Practices of Emancipatory Nursing: Social Justice as Praxis, (pp. 298-308). New York: Routledge.

2013

  • Chiarella, M., White, J. (2013). Which tail wags which dog? Exploring the interface between professional regulation and professional education. Nurse Education Today, 33(11), 1274-1278. [More Information]

2011

  • Matthews, L., Pockett, R., Nisbet, G., Thistlethwaite, J., Dunston, R., Lee, A., White, J. (2011). Building Capacity in Australian Interprofessional Health Education: Perspectives from Key Health and Higher Education Stakeholders. Australian Health Review, 35(2), 136-140. [More Information]

2010

  • Dunston, R., Lee, A., Lee, A., Matthews, L., Nisbet, G., Pockett, R., Thistlethwaite, J., White, J. (2010). Interprofessional Health Education in Australia: Report of the Launch of the proposal The Way Forward, March 2010, (pp. 1 - 36). Sydney, Australia: University of Technology Sydney, The University of Sydney.
  • White, J. (2010). The Australian and New Zealand context. In Pairman S; Tracy SK; Thorogood C; Pincombe J (Eds.), Midwifery: Preparation for practice 2e, (pp. 36-51). Sydney: Churchill Livingstone.

2009

  • Bell, C., Dunston, R., Fitzgerald, T., Hawke, G., Lee, A., Lee, A., Matthews, L., Nisbet, G., Pockett, R., Slade, D., White, J., et al (2009). Interprofessional Health Education in Australia: The Way Forward, (pp. 7 - 33). Sydney, Australia: Australian Learning and Teaching Council.
  • White, J. (2009). Nursing today. In Crisp & Taylor (Eds.), Potter & Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing, (pp. 1-15). Sydney, Australia: Elsevier.
  • White, J., Hughes, F. (2009). The healthcare delivery system. In Crisp & Taylor (Eds.), Potter & Perry's Fundamentals of Nursing, (pp. 16-34). Sydney, Australia: Elsevier.

2008

  • Bell, C., Dunston, R., Fitzgerald, T., Hawke, G., Lee, A., Lee, A., Matthews, L., Nisbet, G., Pockett, R., Slade, D., White, J., et al (2008). Interprofessional health education in Australia: A proposal for future research and development, December 2008, (pp. 4 - 30). Sydney, Australia: L-TIPP, Centre for Research in Learning and Change.

2007

  • White, J. (2007). Becoming a competent, confident professional practitioner. In Esther Chang, John Daly (Eds.), Transitions in Nursing: Preparing for Professional Nursing Practice, (pp. 16-28). Australia: Churchill Livingstone.

2006

  • White, J. (2006). Australian and New Zealand context. In Sally Pairman, Jan Pincombe, Carol Thorogood, Sally K. Tracy (Eds.), Midwifery: Preparation for Practice, (pp. 34-47). Chatswood: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Brown, D., White, J., Leibbrandt, L. (2006). Collaborative partnerships for nursing faculties and health service providers: What can nursing learn from business literature? Journal of Nursing Management, 14(3), 170-179.
  • White, J. (2006). Patterns of Knowing: Review, Critique, and Update. In Linda C. Andrist, Patrice K. Nicholas, Karen Anne Wolf (Eds.), A History of Nursing Ideas, (pp. 139-150). United States: Jones & Bartlett Publishers Inc.

2005

  • Leibbrandt, L., Brown, D., White, J. (2005). National comparative curriculum evaluation of baccalaureate nursing degrees: A framework for the practice based professions. Nurse Education Today, 25(6), 418-429.
  • White, J. (2005). Nursing today. In Jackie Crisp & Catherine Taylor (Eds.), Potter & Perry's fundamentals of Nursing, (pp. 1-15). Marrickville, NSW: Elsevier.

2004

  • White, J. (2004). Australian Foreword. In Donna Diers (Eds.), Speaking of Nursing..: Narratives of Practice, Research, Policy and the Profession, (pp. xiv-xv). United States: Jones & Bartlett Publishers Inc.

2003

  • White, J. (2003). Patterns of Knowing: Review, Critique, and Update. In Pamela G Reed, Leslie H. Nicoll, Nelma C Shearer (Eds.), Perspectives on Nursing Theory, (pp. 247-258). United States: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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