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). 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., Fethney, J., Chiarella, M., Waters, D. (2018). Factors influencing turnover in GenX nurses: Results of an Australian survey. Collegian, 25(2), 217-225. [More Information]
  • Christopher, S., Waters, D., Chiarella, M. (2017). Are your Gen X nurses satisfied? Nursing Management, 48(8), 24-31. [More Information]
  • 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.

2018

  • Christopher, S., Fethney, J., Chiarella, M., Waters, D. (2018). Factors influencing turnover in GenX nurses: Results of an Australian survey. Collegian, 25(2), 217-225. [More Information]

2017

  • Christopher, S., Waters, D., Chiarella, M. (2017). Are your Gen X nurses satisfied? Nursing Management, 48(8), 24-31. [More Information]

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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