Karen Francis

UTAS Home Prof Karen Francis

Karen Francis

Head, School of Nursing & Associate Dean Sydney

Room J024 , Building J

+61 3 6324 3082 (phone)

Professor Francis has held a number of academic appointments at Australian Universities: James Cook University, Charles Sturt University, Australian Catholic University, University of New England and most recently the University of Tasmania.


Professor Francis is a Fellow of the College of Nursing Australia and a Fellow of the Joanna Briggs Institute for Evidence Based Practice and has over 30 years teaching experience at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in nursing, allied health and medical programs at a number of Australian and international Universities. She is an adjunct professor the University of Malaysia, Monash University, Charles Sturt University and a Clinical Professor, University of Adelaide. Professor Francis is also an executive member of the Australian and New Zealand Council of Nursing and Midwifery Deans.  She is an experienced higher degree supervisor and her research interests and expertise are in the areas of health workforce particularly rural health and rural nursing. To this end she is recognised nationally and internationally for her contribution to the development of rural nursing as a specialist discipline.  Professor Francis  held the position of President of Australian Rural Nurses and Midwives for a period of 7 years, a contribution that was recognised in 2008 when she received the President’s award for outstanding service.  She has been instrumental in advocating for rural nurses and midwives.

Career summary


  • PhD (Uni Adelaide)
  • MEd (CSU)
  • MHlthScPHC (UWS)
  • GradCertUniTeach/Learn (CSU)
  • BHlthScNsg(UWS)
  • DipHlthScNsg (ACAE


Professional practice

  • Fellow Australian College of Nursing
  • Fellow Joanna Briggs Institute

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Fields of Research

  • Nursing (111099)
  • Sociological Methodology and Research Methods (160807)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (111701)
  • Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy (130209)
  • Midwifery (111006)
  • Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative) (111002)
  • Endocrinology (110306)
  • Health and Community Services (111708)
  • Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) (111003)
  • Aged Health Care (111702)
  • Aged Care Nursing (111001)

Research Objectives

  • Nursing (920210)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences (970111)
  • Health Related to Ageing (920502)
  • Social Structure and Health (920413)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health System Performance (incl. Effectiveness of Interventions) (920303)
  • Health and Support Services (920299)


Total publications


Journal Article

(21 outputs)
2019Adams ME, Lazarsfeld-Jensen A, Francis K, 'The implications of isolation for remote industrial health workers', Rural and Remote Health, 19, (2) Article 5001. ISSN 1445-6354 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.22605/RRH5001 [eCite] [Details]


2019Chun Tie Y, Birks M, Francis K, 'Grounded theory research: a design framework for novice researchers', SAGE Open Medicine, 7 pp. 1-8. ISSN 2050-3121 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/2050312118822927 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 8


2019Francis K, Kurtsev A, Walter D, Steele C, Staines C, 'Nurses' experiences and perceptions of hourly rounding: a private Australian catholic hospital single case study', International Archives of Nursing and Health Care, 5, (2) pp. 1-6. ISSN 2469-5823 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.23937/2469-5823/1510125 [eCite] [Details]


2019Ligita T, Harvey N, Wicking K, Nurjannah I, Francis K, 'A practical example of using theoretical sampling throughout a grounded theory study: a methodological paper', Qualitative Research Journal, 20, (1) pp. 116-126. ISSN 1443-9883 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1108/QRJ-07-2019-0059 [eCite] [Details]


2019Ligita T, Wicking K, Francis K, Harvey N, Nurjannah I, 'How people living with diabetes in Indonesia learn about their disease: a grounded theory study', PLoS ONE, 14, (2) Article e0212019. ISSN 1932-6203 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0212019 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4


2018Chun Tie Y, Birks M, Francis K, 'Playing the game: a grounded theory of the integration of international nurses', Collegian, 26, (4) pp. 470-476. ISSN 1322-7696 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.colegn.2018.12.006 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2


2018Deravin L, Francis KL, Anderson J, 'Closing the gap in Indigenous health inequity - Is it making a difference?', International Nursing Review, 65, (4) pp. 477-483. ISSN 0020-8132 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/inr.12436 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1


2017Deravin L, Francis K, Anderson J, 'Choosing a nursing career: Building an indigenous nursing workforce', Journal of Hospital Administration, 6, (5) pp. 27-30. ISSN 1927-6990 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5430/jha.v6n5p27 [eCite] [Details]


2016Chong MC, Francis K, Cooper S, Abdullah KL, Hmwe NTT, et al., 'Access to, interest in and attitude toward e-learning for continuous education among Malaysian nurses', Nurse Education Today, 36 pp. 370-374. ISSN 0260-6917 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2015.09.011 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 9


2016Craigie M, Osseiran-Moisson R, Hewsworth D, Aoun S, Francis K, et al., 'The influence of trait-negative affect and compassion satisfaction on compassion fatigue in Australian nurses', Psychological trauma, 8, (1) pp. 88-97. ISSN 1942-9681 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1037/tra0000050 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 22Web of Science - 24


2016Francis K, Badger A, McLeod M, FitzGerald M, Brown A, et al., 'Strengthening nursing and midwifery capacity in rural New South Wales, Australia', Collegian, 23 pp. 363-366. ISSN 1322-7696 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.colegn.2016.08.006 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3


2015Hegney D, Eley R, Osseiran - Moisson R, Francis K, 'Work and personal well‐being of nurses in Queensland: Does rurality make a difference?', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 23, (6) pp. 359-365. ISSN 1038-5282 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ajr.12206 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2


2015Miles M, Chapman Y, Francis K, 'Peeling the onion: understanding others' lived experience', Contemporary Nurse, 50, (2-3) pp. 286-295. ISSN 1037-6178 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2015.1067571 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1


2015Mills J, Francis K, McLeod M, Al-Motlaq M, 'Enhancing computer literacy and information retrieval skills: A rural and remote nursing and midwifery workforce study', Collegian, 22, (3) pp. 283-289. ISSN 1322-7696 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.colegn.2014.02.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 14


2014Drury V, Craigie M, Francis K, Aoun S, Hegney DG, 'Compassion satisfaction, compassion fatigue, anxiety, depression and stress in registered nurses in Australia: phase 2 results', Journal of Nursing Management, 22, (4) pp. 519-531. ISSN 0966-0429 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jonm.12168 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 56Web of Science - 50


2014Francis K, Boyd M, Latham H, Anderson J, Bradley A, et al., 'A regional approach to the education of nurse practitioner candidates to meet the health needs of rural Australians', Contemporary Nurse, 49 pp. 27-34. ISSN 1037-6178 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2014Hegney DG, Craigie M, Hemsworth D, Osseiran-Moisson R, Aoun S, et al., 'Compassion satisfaction, compassion fatigue, anxiety, depression and stress in registered nurses in Australia: study 1 results', Journal of nursing management, 22, (4) pp. 506-518. ISSN 0966-0429 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jonm.12160 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 94Web of Science - 85


2014James A, Taylor B, Francis K, 'Researching with young people as participants: Issues in recruitment', Contemporary Nurse: A Journal for The Australian Nursing Profession, 47, (1-2) pp. 36-41. ISSN 1037-6178 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2014.11081904 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 4


2014Kadar KS, McKenna L, Francis K, 'Scoping the context of programs and services for maintaining wellness of older people in rural areas of Indonesia', International Nursing Review, 61, (3) pp. 310-317. ISSN 0020-8132 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/inr.12105 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4


2014Miles M, Chapman Y, Francis K, Taylor B, 'Midwives experiences of establishing partnerships: working with pregnant women who use illicit drugs', Midwifery, 30, (10) pp. 1082-1087. ISSN 0266-6138 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2013.06.020 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4


2014Ralph N, Birks M, Chapman Y, Francis K, 'Future-Proofing Nursing Education: An Australian Perspective', Sage Open pp. 1-11. ISSN 2158-2440 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/2158244014556633 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10


Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
2020Hammersley J, Francis K, Smart L, Bennett-Daly G, Mather C, et al., 'Capability and capacity of registered nurses who are employed in rural and remote practice settings in Tasmania: a multiple case study', The Tasmanian Nursing and Midwifery Conference, 20-21 February 2020, Hobart, Tasmania (2020) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Hammersley J; Smart L; Bennett-Daly G; Mather C; Guzys D

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Developing Australia-Indonesia dementia research collaborations (2020)$5,000
This project focuses on the development of collaborative links between Australian and Indonesian researchers in the broad area of dementia research.
Department of Education ACT ($5,000)
Travel Grant - PhillipsKPA - SEA
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Andrews SM; Francis KL; Vickers JC; Greenwood M

Research Supervision






PhDAcute Care Service Utilisation by Complex, Chronically Ill Patients in Tasmania2018
PhDCatheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) among long term catheter users living in the community2019
PhDRevolutionising Family and Patient Centred Care: A Multi-phased, Multi-method Approach in a Metropolitan Private Hospital2019
PhDThe Role of Health Organizations on Increasing the Health Care Awareness Among the Community2019
PhDHow do Young Adults with Cancer in Rural Settings Navigate their Cancer Journey?2020
PhDA Supranational Phenomenological, Longitudinal Study on Quality of Life and Lived Experiences of Organ Transplantation from Donor and Recipients2020


PhDThe Organisational and Social Environment of the Simulation Laboratory, a Mediator of Vertical and Horizontal Abuse (VHA) among Second-Year Nursing Students: A Critical Ethnography
Candidate: Krishna Ellen Lambert