Centre for Health and Social Research

Prof Karen Francis
Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine


Relevant professional roles
Professor of Nursing

Brief summary of experience
Professor Francis has qualifications in nursing, primary health care and education. Her research program targets nursing workforce, rural nursing, chronic and complex illness, and advanced nursing practice. She has attracted $1.3 M in research and $2.95 M in project funding. Professor Francis has published 166 peer reviewed papers. Professor Francis is acknowledged within her profession for her expertise in rural nursing and midwifery.

Example research publications

  1. Francis, K., Sommerville, A. & Steele, C. Patients experience of participating in a group based pastoral care while hospitalised. Data is currently being collected.(SJOG)
  2. Roderick, E., Francis, K., Monterosso, L. A Healing Presence: Nurturing the Whole Person. (SJOG).
  3. Edward, K-L, Francis, K., Doyle, C. & Giandinoto, J. Development of the Australian Mission in Action in Healthcare Staff Scale. Faculty Grant 2016. (Submitted)

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