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Michelle Woods

Nurse Practitioner, Senior Lecturer

Diabetes Centre, Royal Hobart Hospital, Hobart CBD Campuses

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Michelle.Woods@utas.edu.au

Michelle's education and expertise as a Nurse Practitioner started in the United States working in Primary Care and Endocrinology practices. Michelle completed her Doctorate of Nursing and Master of Science Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) at the University of Colorado with an emphasis in adult primary health care. She has been certified both in the USA and Australia as a Diabetes Educator.

Career summary

Qualifications

  • Grad Cert (Emergency Nursing), University of Tasmania, Australia. 2006
  • Doctor of Nursing (Clinical Doctorate), University of Colorado, USA. 2002 Thesis: Stress Hyperglycemia Post Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery: frequency and implications
  • Masters (Nursing), University of Colorado, USA. 2002 Thesis: Metabolic Syndrome: implications for primary care
  • Grad Dip (Health Promotion & Education), LaTrobe University, Australia. 1991
  • Bachelor of Science,  University of Colorado, USA. 1989

Biography

Michelle's clinical background is as a Nurse Practitioner is in Adult /Geriatric Health, and Nursing in Coronary and Emergency. Her current practice is with the Royal Hobart Hospital Diabetes Centre and has a clinical management focus in complex care. In addition she continues to develop, teach and coordinate the post graduate nursing curriculum for the University of Tasmania.

Dr Woods completed her Doctorate of Nursing and Master of Science Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) at the University of Colorado with an emphasis in adult primary health care. Her education and expertise as a Nurse Practitioner started in the United States working in Primary Care and Endocrinology practices. She has been certified both in the USA and Australia as a Diabetes Educator. Dr Woods' clinical background is; as a Nurse Practitioner is in Adult /Geriatric Health, and Nursing in Coronary and Emergency. Her current practice is with the Royal Hobart Hospital Diabetes Centre and has a clinical management focus in complex care. In addition she continues to develop, teach and coordinate post graduate nursing curriculum for the University of Tasmania.

Research Themes

Michelle's research is well aligned with the University's theme of Better Health through the utilisation of qualitative methodology – participator inquiry and outcomes based research. Integral to the nurse practitioner are her skills and expertise of a clinical doctorate. In the United States clinical doctorates are recognised as necessary in training practitioners/clinicians to respond effectively to changing demands of macro complex healthcare environment requiring the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to assure quality patient outcomes.  Recently Dr Woods conducted a clinical reflective inquiry (CRI) study, with a NP colleague, to review and exemplify how nurse practitioners translate practice into value. The results of a 3 years utilisation of CRI, a thematic analysis and peer mentorship resulted in the recent publication titled, Australian Nurse Practitioner Practice: Value Adding through Clinical Reflexivity in the international journal Nursing Research and Practice. Measured outcomes that demonstrate the efficacy of this practice include and are not limited to: i) Improved access to speciality care (ii) Aversion of emergency department and hospital admission (iii) Decreased waiting times for speciality care clinics (iv) Reduction on adverse health outcomes (v) Improvement in patient knowledge and efficacy in medication management (vi) Responsive communication channels developed for complex patients to engage with NP (vii) Advocacy and coordination of innovative treatment options for patients with demonstrable improvements compared to status quo treatment.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (2009-2015)
  • Australian Diabetes Educator Association (2005-2015)

Administrative expertise

  • Australian Nurse Practitioner board (2011-13): organisation of the ACNP 10th national conference.
  • State based committees for the improvement of endocrinology service and patient outcomes: most recently clinical Advisory Group- endocrinology in providing high level clinical advice to the Minister for Health, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Governing Council of the Tasmanian Health System (THS) on diabetes issues.
  • Local department level; facilitation of Community of Practice with UTAS translational research professor in the intent of providing a forum for research on practice and clinical redesign.

Teaching

chronic disease management, diabetes & cardiovascular disease, service learning activities

Teaching expertise

As a lecturer in an undergraduate practice and theory unit, community and mental health practice, Dr Woods adapts the concept of reciprocity in learning. Through a concerted process, students engaged in service learning described as a structured, reciprocal learning experience that combines and connects the community and mental health practice agency experience to academic coursework. This teaching initiative exemplifies partnerships for learning through the identification of 'real world problems' where student design and delivery tangible contributions to aid in solutions. The result of the service learning activities were 'products' that were measurable, valued and responsive to the needs of the community the agency serves. This work resulted in a 2010 publication; Public Health Interventions Model: Impact on Australian Community Mental Health Nursing Students' Practice in the International Journal of Nursing Scholarship and demonstrates my application of diverse collaboration, coordination and facilitation skills.

In addition to her current teaching responsibilities, Michelle has extensive previous experience in: 

  • Coordinator and Lecturer. Undergraduate Community and Rural Nursing Practice
  • Community and Mental Health Nursing Practice (CNA316)
  • Health Assessment & Physical Examination (CNA112)
  • Health Care Where People Live and Work (CNA126)

Teaching responsibility

  • Context of Diabetes Mellitus (CNA603) (Coordinator)
  • Advanced Health Assessments (CNA533)
  • Project Management in Clinical Practice 
  • Research in Clinical Practice

Research Invitations

Endocrinology Expert Group. Therapeutic Guidelines: endocrinology. Version 5. Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines Limited; (2014).Endocrinology V5(2) Expert Writing Group.

In 2012 Michelle was asked by editors Chang and Johnson to revise a pervious written chapter in;  Edition 2nd Book Chapter: Woods, M., 2013: 'Chronic Diseases of the Bowel' in Chronic Illness and Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice. Eds; Chang and Johnson Elsevier: Australia.

Therapeutic Guidelines Limited's (TGL) expert panel in the revision of  version 4 topics in Endocrinology (2012). TGL is an independent not-for-profit organisation and aims is to promote the quality use of medicines, and it does this through the writing, publication and sale of Therapeutic Guidelines.

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Expertise

  • Service learning activities
  • Reciprocity in learning
  • Community and mental health nursing
  • Public health model
  • Critical reflective inquiry
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Diabetes

Collaboration

  • Co-investigator with Medicare Local (2015). Project title Evaluation of THO-South Ambulatory Insulin Stabilisation Service and description of dedicated primary care based insulin stabilisation support services
  • Co-investigator with UTAS Health Sciences (2013). Project title Examining the Health Literacy Environment of services for women newly diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus
  • Co-Investigator with UTAS School of Medicine (2012). Project title Testing the effectiveness of a mindfulness-based intervention to reduce distress in people with diabetes: A pilot study.

Research Fields

  • Nursing (111099)
  • Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) (111003)
  • Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative) (111002)
  • Primary Health Care (111717)
  • Mental Health (111714)
  • Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy (130209)
  • Endocrinology (110306)
  • Clinical Nursing: Tertiary (Rehabilitative) (111004)
  • Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences (111599)
  • Emergency Medicine (110305)
  • Aged Health Care (111702)

Research Impact

  • Nursing (920210)
  • Diabetes (920104)
  • Digestive System Disorders (920105)
  • Health Education and Promotion (920205)
  • Syllabus and Curriculum Development (930302)
  • Learner and Learning Achievement (930101)
  • Endocrine Organs and Diseases (excl. Diabetes) (920106)
  • Mental Health Services (920209)
  • Evaluation of Health Outcomes (920204)
  • Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) (920408)

Publications

Total publications

18

Journal Article

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Woods M, Murfet G, 'Australian nurse practitioner practice: value adding through clinical reflexivity', Nursing Research and Practice Article 829593. ISSN 2090-1429 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1155/2015/829593 [eCite] [Details]

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2010Lumby J, Robins M, Woods MA, 'Why has the Nurse Practitioner been granted Prescribing Privileges?', Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, 40, (4) pp. 259-261. ISSN 1445-937X (2010) [Non Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 3

2010Woods MA, 'Public health Intervention Model: Impact on Australian Community and Mental Health Nursing Students' Practice', International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 7, (1) EJ ISSN 1548-923X (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2202/1548-923X.1957 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

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2008Campbell SJ, Woods MA, Sankey J, 'Chronic kidney disease and the primary health care framework', Renal Society of Australasia Journal, 4, (3) pp. 81-89. ISSN 1832-3804 (2008) [Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Campbell SJ; Sankey J

2008Smith L, Emmett H, Woods MA, 'Experiential learning driving community based nursing curriculum', Rural and Remote Health , 8, (3) EJ ISSN 1445-6354 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Smith L; Emmett H

Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Moulds R, Black K, Clearihan L, Ebeling PR, Frauman A, et al., 'Endocrinology Expert Group. Therapeutic Guidelines: endocrinology. Version 5', Therapeutic Guidelines Limited, Melbourne ISBN 9780980825374 (2014) [Revision/New Edition]

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Co-authors: Winzenberg T

Chapter in Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Woods M, 'Chronic diseases of the bowel', Chronic Illness & Disability: Principles for nursing practice, Churchill Livingstone Australia, Esther Chang and Amanda Johnson (ed), Australia, pp. 445-464. ISBN 9780729541619 (2013) [Revised Book Chapter]

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2008Woods MA, Zasadny MF, Marlow AH, 'Chronic Diseases of the Bowel', Chronic Illness and Disability - Principles for Nursing Practice, Elsevier Australia, E Chang, A Johnson (ed), Chatswood, pp. 351-363. ISBN 9780729538688 (2008) [Other Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Zasadny MF; Marlow AH

Conference Publication

(10 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Woods MA, 'Nurse practitioner role; initiation, monitoring and facilitation GLP-1 analogue and insulin combination therapy. Abstract P-1624', World Diabetes Congress, 2-6 December, Melbourne, Australia (2013) [Conference Extract]

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2012Campbell SJ, Field JG, Woods MA, 'Primary Health Care Guidelines for Chronic Kidney Disease', Renal Society of Australasia Journal, June 2012, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 52. ISSN 1832-3804 (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Campbell SJ; Field JG

2012Campbell-Crofts S, Field JG, Woods MA, Snelling P, Moustakas J, et al., 'Decision-making capacity by people with chronic kidney disease in the preservation of kidney health', Decision-making capacity by people with chronic kidney disease in the preservation of kidney health, 18-20 July 2012, Canberra, Australia, pp. 136. (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Campbell-Crofts S; Field JG

2012Woods M, 'Type 2 diabetes management with glucagon like peptide 1 analogues: potential gains and pitfalls', Australian College of Nurse Practitioners - 7th Annnual Conference, 5-8 September, Surfers Paradise, Queensland (2012) [Conference Extract]

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2010Woods MA, 'Reciprocal learning: Exemplars of collaborative partnerships leading to practice development outcomes in health agencies', Leadership and practice development in health: Quality and safety through workplace learning Conference Proceedings, 18th -19th March, Hobart, pp. 22. (2010) [Conference Extract]

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2010Woods MA, 'Primary health care workplace learning: Evidence of understanding and application', Leadership and practice development in health: Quality and safety through workplace learning Conference Proceedings, 18th -19th March, Hobart, pp. 52. (2010) [Conference Extract]

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2010Woods MA, 'Nurse Practitioner Roles in Australia: Differences & Opportunities', 35th National Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Symposium abstracts, 15th - 18th July, Colorado, pp. 12. (2010) [Conference Extract]

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2010Woods MA, Saint A, Green Roseanna, 'Reciprocal learning: Exemplars of collaborative partnerships leading to practice development outcomes in health agencies', Leadership and Practice Development in Health: Quality and Safety through Workplace Learning, 18-19 March 2010, Hobart, Australia, pp. 22. (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Saint A; Green Roseanna

2009Woods MA, Dalton L, 'Partnerships for learning: Reciprocal learning in undergraduate nurse practice', Partnerships for learning on campus and beyond, 26th November 2009, University of Tasmania - University Centre Hobart, pp. 9. (2009) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Dalton L

2009Woods MA, Morrison D, Remnitz D, 'Impact of reciprocal learning as a means of community engagement', Partnerships for learning on campus and beyond, 26th November 2009, University of Tasmania - University Centre Hobart (2009) [Conference Extract]

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As a lecturer Michelle has been privileged to mentor a number of undergraduate, honours, masters and PhD students. Notable outputs are as follows:

  • 2008 Co-Supervision role of PhD student Sandra Campbell. Publication; Chronic kidney disease and the primary health care framework. Renal Society of Australasia Journal.
  • 2008 Supervision of Masters in Clinic Nursing student Alison Evans; Positive patient outcomes in acute care: does obtaining and recording accurate weight make a difference? Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing. 
  • 2009 Co-Supervision of Honours student Liam Corey. Project Title An exploratory study of community health nurses' interpretation of primary health care principles.
  • 2010: Woods, MA. Public Health Interventions Model: Impact on Australian Community Mental Health Nursing Students' Practice. International Journal of Nursing Scholarship.
  •  2010:Woods, MA, 'Reciprocal learning: Exemplars of collaborative partnerships leading to practice development outcomes in health agencies', Leadership and practice development in health: Quality and safety through workplace learning
  •  2010: Woods, MA, 'Primary health care workplace learning: Evidence of understanding and application'Leadership and practice development in health: Quality and safety through workplace learning