Mrs Sybele Christopher

RN, DipAppSc(Nursing) UTS MN Sydney MPH UNSW
Lecturer in Acute Care and Primary Health Care

Telephone +61 2 9114 4189

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Biographical details

Sybele Christopher is a registered nurse with experience in clinical, acute, and community settings. Her clinical specialties are in orthopaedic nursing, surgical nursing, early discharge planning and community-based care. More recently she has taught nursing courses at undergraduate and postgraduate entry level in a variety of Australian education facilities.

Sybele is a doctoral student focusing on workforce planning and retention strategies. She has completed a Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing from the College of Nursing, a Bachelor of Nursing (Conversion) from the University of Sydney, a Master of Nursing from the University of Sydney and a Master of Public Health from the University of NSW.

Research interests

  • Early discharge planning
  • Hospital in the Home
  • Post Acute Care Services
  • Primary Health Care
  • Refugee Health
  • Nursing Workforce Recruitment and Retention
  • Generational Differences in Nursing Workforce

Forthcoming Publications

Christopher, S.A., Chiarella, E.M., & Waters, D. (2017). Are your GenX nurses satisfied? Nursing Management, 48(8), 24-31.). I have asked Sybele to let me know once it appears on her profile in the journals listing so that it can be removed from the Forthcoming section.

Christopher, S.A., Chiarella, E.M., & Waters, D. (2017). Factors influencing turnover in GenX nurses: Results of an Australian survey. Collegian (article in press) doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2017.06.003

Teaching and supervision

  • Social Contexts of Health
  • Introduction to Nursing Practice
  • Population health to Personal Healthcare
  • Global Health and Nursing

Thesis work

Thesis title: An evaluation of Australian Generation X nurses' intent to remain in nursing

Supervisors: Mary CHIARELLA , Donna WATERS

Thesis abstract:

The current Australian nursing shortage is expected to increase by 2025 and will have a direct influence on health care costs, patient outcomes and a secondary impact on a health organisation’s ability to attract and retain their nursing staff. The 2013 HWA report “Health Workforce 2025” outlined the urgency to retain the nursing workforce by at least 20% in meeting the demand for 109, 000 nurses. It is estimated there are approximately 90, 000 Generation X (born between 1965 – 1980) registered nurses currently working in Australia.  The need to evaluate their intention to turnover will inform part of the solution to a nationwide problem.  A mixed methods research design was best suited to explore the complex problem of developing an understanding of Generation X nurses’ behaviours and attitudes in evaluating their perceptions of job satisfaction and intention to remain in nursing.

Keywords

Primary health care; Preventive health services; Refugee & immigrant health

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Christopher, S., Waters, D., Chiarella, M. (2015). Can Generation Y nurses supply areas of shortage? New graduate challenges in today’s job market. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 33(2), 35-44.

2015

  • Christopher, S., Waters, D., Chiarella, M. (2015). Can Generation Y nurses supply areas of shortage? New graduate challenges in today’s job market. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 33(2), 35-44.

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