Nursing in the 21st Century - CDU Public Lecture Series 


The Charles Darwin University (CDU) Public Lecture Series kicks off tonight (2 May) with Di Brown, Professor of Clinical Nursing, CDU and Department of Health and Community Services (DHCS).

Robert Griew, CEO DHCS will introduce Professor Brown to deliver her lecture on ‘The importance of nursing’.

Professor Brown believes many people still view nurses simply as doctors’ assistants guided by a ‘feminine’ intuition which therefore doesn’t require a university education. This view she does not believe captures the highly professional, knowledgeable, skilled nursing professional of the 21st century.

Her lecture will look at the growing body of research that shows nursing care, when given by well-educated nurses, leads to reductions in injury, complication and death.

“Nurses make hospitals safe for patients; they prevent problems and provide nursing care to patients and their families,” Professor Brown said.

“In my talk I will explore some of the myths about nursing; using the history of nursing I will explain why ideas about nursing are so hard to shift. The impact of maintaining outdated views about nursing will be discussed as well as some ideas about future directions.”

The CDU Public Lecture Series takes place every Tuesday in May at 6pm at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Conacher Street, Fannie Bay, Darwin and entry free.

The other lectures coming up in the May series are:

9 May

Water, water every where. So what’s the problem?
Eric Valentine, Professor of Civil Engineering, Charles Darwin University

16 May

Asian conceptions of security and perceptions of threat
Dr Simon Tay, Singapore Institute International Affairs

23 May

Tax reform, tax holidays and economic development
Professor Brian Andrew, School of Law and Business, Charles Darwin University

30 May

Science, survival and global environmental change
Professor David Bowman, School for Environmental Research, Charles Darwin University

Visit the University's events calender, What's On, for information about this and other CDU events.