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In our next podcast, we are moving on from our previous academic focus and interviewing one of our perioperative clinical colleagues, Serena Cole. Serena works as an instrument/circulating nurse in the operating theatres at Nambour Hospital on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Serena has had a very interesting and varied career using her perioperative skills in a military environment and also as a nurse educator  in the operating suite at Westmead Hospital in the late 1990s, where she and Menna worked together. Listen to Serena’s interesting story.


Serena Cole Part 1      Variety is the Spice of Life

Serena Cole Part 2   Variety is the Spice of Life

Serena Cole Part 3  Variety is the Spice of Life



Recently, in the pursuit of another interview for our ‘Nurse Academics’ series, I visited thEmma WoodhouseAustralian College of Nursing (ACN) in Sydney, where I had the pleasure of catching up with Emma Woodhouse.

Emma is the Nurse Educator Tertiary Education Services and in this series of short audios, Emma outlines some of the many benefits of online study for programs offered through ACN.

In the 2015 Postgraduate Studies Guide, ACN Chief Executive Officer, Adjunct Professor Debra Thoms FACN (DLF) explains that ACN is “registered and accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) – Australia’s independent national regulator of the higher education sector. The past twelve months have seen the awarding of seven years’ accreditation of 15 graduate certificate (GC) courses to ACN by TEQSA”.

If you’d like more information about perioperative study in 2015 (whether it be anaesthetics, circulating/instrument or post-anaesthetics), you can contact Emma at the Australian College of Nursing either by Phone 02 9745 7500 or by email

In the final audio, Emma and I discuss the role of Tutor/Marker for ACN programs – a role suitable for experienced perioperative nurses. If that sounds like you, then contact Emma for more information about Expressions of Interest for 2015.


In September, we were extremely fortunate to hook up a telephone interview with Amanda Gore last week. Amanda is Perioperative Educator, Lingard Private Hospital, NSW and Unit Coordinator of the fully on-line Graduate Certificate in Perioperative Nursing, UTAS.

During the interview, we spoke with Amanda about the benefits of on-line study for perioperative nurses (Pt 2 Audio file) and the wealth of information available for students at the touch of a screen and click of a mouse (Pt 3 Audio file). Amanda has since provided us with the URLs for several educational websites which she uses regularly:

Here’s a great Canadian website that uses animation very effectively – it’s called the PIE: Toronto General Hospital Perioperative Interactive Education – This is definitely one for the big screen! If you’re looking for other resources that use animation, Amanda recommended  including .swf files in your search strategy.

Applications for study at UTAS can be made throughout the year via the eStudent centre, with enrollment possible up to the HECS census. More information can be found via the UTAS website. Or contact Amanda by email

Coming Soon…Conversations

Listen to recent conversations with clinicians and leading perioperative nurses about:

  • Teamwork and Communication
  • Leadership
  • Incident Management
  • Patient Care

Is there another topic that interests you? Perhaps you’ve heard someone speak at a conference recently and would like to hear more, or maybe you’d like to recommend someone for interview who has inspired you. If so, then please contact us.


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by Menna Davies