Senior Faculty 2016-2018
Dr Sonya Osborne, ACORN Standards Editor, 2013-
Like you, Sonya Osborne, perioperative expert, academic and researcher, is passionate about perioperative nursing. With over two decades of experience in a range of perioperative environments, internationally and in Australia her commitment to standards for practice is unwavering. Sonya appreciates, and shares with colleagues and students, that standards provide minimum requirements for best practice and provide a common language and set of expectations that enable perioperative nurses, health services and professional bodies to work together for best patient outcomes. Her favourite quote of the day is “The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.”
Dr Osborne’s perioperative research program has included such topics as standard precautions and occupational exposure reporting, pain management, aspiration risk in elderly postoperative patients, infection prevention strategies, optimising patients for better postoperative outcomes, and most recently retained surgical items. Her complementary research passion is evidence-based practice and implementation science and her doctoral study, completed in 2009 at Queensland University of Technology, explored the relationship between practice culture and barriers to implementation of evidence-based practice. Sonya has a consistent record in research and dissemination at conferences and international refereed journal articles.
As the inaugural ACORN Standards Editor, Sonya is in the best of both worlds, working with a committed team of perioperative nurses to ensure that the ACORN Standards are based on the best available evidence, are aligned with contemporary changes impacting on practice, and continue to remind us of our responsibility to uphold principles for the delivery of quality patient care.
Lilliana Levada, Team Leader, 2013-
Lilliana Levada has over 30 years of experience in clinical and management aspects of perioperative nursing; with expertise in clinical practice, management, education, evidence-based practice and research. Whilst she is a subject matter expert in perioperative nursing; as a self-driven nursing professional Lilliana has also gained a substantial management experience in diverse arenas including patient safety management, after-hours hospital management, staffing management, quality improvement management, patient liaison management; and has a strong interest in healthcare standards. Lilliana likes to work in the area of interface between nursing science and clinical practice, and has particular interests in legal and policy issues in perioperative nursing. Lilliana has been participating in ACORN Standards review since 2012, she is a member of ACORN Senior Faculty, an author, and has been a representative of ACORN at national and international professional forums.
Dr Pat Nicholson, Team Leader, 2013-
After completing her General Nursing and Midwifery Diploma, Pat Nicholson completed a Diploma in Operating Nursing Science in South Africa. Her involvement in providing clinical support to the students while completing their placement in the operating suite led to her completing a Bachelor Degree, majoring in education. Shortly after immigrating to Australia Pat was appointed to coordinate the Anaesthetic and Perioperative course at the University of Melbourne, where she completed a Master of Education degree. She went on to complete her PhD focusing her research on instrument design and measurement of nursing competencies using Item Response Modeling, publishing and presenting her work both nationally and internationally. Pat is a senior lecturer at Deakin University and Director of the Perioperative Course. She holds an honorary Senior Lecturer position at the University of Melbourne and honorary research position at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Her current research includes education, nursing competencies, pressure injuries in the operating suite and medication safety in patients presenting for surgery.
Pat represented Victoria on the ACORN Board for four years, which included Chair of the ACORN Standards. She was admitted as a Fellow of the College in 2010 and remains involved as a member of the censor panel for ACORN Fellows and team leader for the development of a new Guideline for the ACORN Standards for Perioperative Nursing. Pat has been a member of the Victorian Perioperative Nurses Group committee since 2001 and currently holds the position of President.
Julie Johnson, Team Leader, 2013-
Perioperative nursing is my passion. I have over 30 years’ experience in this advanced practice area, at times working as a clinician, manager or educator across many diverse geographic areas from tertiary campuses to regional and remote rural areas - it has been an eclectic mix of experiences and opportunities. Underpinning this is a commitment to best practice and quality patient outcomes. It is this rationale which has seen me volunteer to be an ACORN faculty member contributing to advancing preoperative practice in Australia over the last three years. My qualifications, knowledge and skill mix have supported me to assist in the revision of the Infection Prevention and Surgical Hand Antisepsis, & Gowning and Gloving Standards as Team Leader, and provide support in the revision of the PACU suite of guidelines.
Sue Ireland, Team Leader, 2013-
Sue is a nursing academic at Deakin University in the Western District of Victoria. Completing a Graduate Diploma of Nursing (Perioperative) and then a Master’s degree instilled Sue with a renewed passion for perioperative nursing. Sue also completed her Honour’s degree with her thesis entitled “A systematic review of the effectiveness and meaningfulness of telephone preoperative assessment for adults.” Sue has been the lead reviewer of the “Fatigue in the Perioperative Environment” and the “Role of the Anaesthetic Nurse” ACORN Standards and has recently been involved with the role of the PACU nurse and Management of the PACU. Sue’s goal is to be involved in further research into perioperative nursing and contributing to the dynamic and evolving practice that is operating room nursing.
Dr Judy Munday, Team Leader, 2017-
Judy Munday is a Lecturer in the School of Nursing at Queensland University of Technology and a Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) nurse at Mater Health Services, Brisbane. In 2010, having moved to Brisbane from the UK a couple of years earlier, she was fortunate to have the opportunity to combine her PACU role with a nursing research internship, and to develop her longstanding interest in evidence-based practice. Since this time, she has continued to further her passion for research and evidence-based practice, particularly in the field of perioperative nursing. Her research interests include perioperative temperature management, particularly for women undergoing caesarean delivery, which has formed the basis of her doctoral studies, as well as information-provision and patient advocacy within the perioperative department. Judy is experienced in quantitative methodologies and systematic reviews, and her teaching interests focus on evidence-based practice. She is looking forward to working with her fellow ACORN team members in leading the Management of Perioperative Hypothermia review.
Vanessa Tyler, Team Leader, 2017
Vanessa completed her Bachelor of Nursing at Griffith University Gold Coast Campus followed by a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Practice with the University of Technology in Sydney. Vanessa currently holds an Adjunct Professional Fellow title at Southern Cross University (SCU) for the work she maintains in co-authoring and teaching the unit ‘Translating Evidence into Practice’ as part of a Medical/Surgical Graduate Certificate offered in collaboration with SCU Northern NSW Local Health District.
The diversity of Vanessa’s clinical background has shaped the practitioner she is today. From working in the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre in the United Kingdom to rural and regional perioperative service delivery, Vanessa has enjoyed roles such as CNS and CNE before moving to the North Coast of NSW.
Whilst the vast majority of Vanessa’s career has been as a Perioperative Nurse Educator, she has also spent time in the Royal Australian Air Force as a Flight Lieutenant in a perioperative specialist reserve role. Most recently Vanessa has expanded her role into management positions including time spent as a Nursing Unit Manager of Orthopaedics and General Surgery and is currently working with the Nursing & Midwifery Directorate as Acting Nurse Manager of Workforce, Quality & Safety.
Jo Perry, Team Leader, 2017-
Jo completed her Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing) at the South Australian Institute of Technology in the early 1990s. From there, she worked at the Royal Adelaide Hospital as a Graduate Nurse for a year, after that accepting a position at Western Hospital. It was here that she started to gain expertise in Day Surgery, Recovery, High Dependency and Gastroenterology. It was while working here that she finished her BSN degree. She also completed her preceptor course, eventually becoming active in an education role for both registered nurse undergraduate as well as enrolled nurse students. In 1997, Jo moved to the USA with her husband and worked as a registered nurse in Cardio-pulmonary, Gastroenterology, and Day Surgery. She became board-certified in Gastroenterology. Jo then went on to study her MSN, starting out at Atlantic State University in the Nurse Practitioner tract. She completed her studies at Marian University with a major in Nursing Education. Since then she has worked a dual role in practice in the Operating Room since 2001, and teaching for Marian University since 2004. Jo returned to Australia in 2010, and has assumed the coordinator role for the postgraduate and undergraduate perioperative courses at the University of Adelaide. She also maintains clinical hours in the general operating rooms of the Royal Adelaide Hospital. She is currently working for her PhD completion after completing all-but-dissertation at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a focus on perioperative communication.