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    Caroline Browne
    RN, BSc (Nursing), MIntlHlth, PhD Candidate

    Lecturer, International Placement Coordinator Nursing

    About me

    Since qualifying as a Registered Nurse in 2001, I have worked in a variety of clinical areas including; Immunology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Theatre and Recovery and Intensive Care Nursing. My professional nursing career has allowed me to work in Australia, the United States of America and Viet Nam as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Educator.

    In 2008 I completed a Masters in International Health which included completing a research project into private health care consumerism in Viet Nam. This led me to one of my passions, primary health care and nursing in an international context, including working on migrant health projects in Southern Viet Nam.

    I manage the international nursing portfolio at Murdoch, this includes our international clinical placement program and student exchange opportunities. I am also responsible for managing our international student cohort and ensuring they have a smooth transition to studying at Murdoch.

    Teaching area

    I am the International Lead for Nursing developing and facilitating international clinical placement for our undergraduate nursing students to countries such as Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Scotland. I also provide support for International students completing their undergraduate nursing degree at Murdoch University.

    I am currently the Case Based Inquiry lead, facilitating the introduction of Case Based Inquiry throughout our second and third year nursing course. I coordinate and teach in the following units:

    NUR242: Case Based Inquiry: Acute Care Perspectives 2

    NUR243: Case Based Inquiry: Community Care Perspectives 2


    Research areas

    My areas of research interest include international clinical placements, professional identity and cross cultural communication and cultural safety. I am currently completing my PhD: Understanding successful short term international placements for Australian nursing students in Asia – a case study.


    Current projects

    I am currently involved in a study that is examining the identity and culture of nursing as perceived by new students entering the Bachelor of Nursing program. This project aims to understand how undergraduate nursing students perceive the culture of nursing and to implement strategies within the undergraduate curriculum to support new students in developing their nursing identity.

    Awards and grants

    2016 – Australian Government, Department of Education and Training. Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for ‘Motivating and inspiring undergraduate nursing students to explore nursing and culture in a global setting through facilitating international learning experiences’

    2016 – Murdoch University Vice Chancellors Citations for Excellence in Enhancing Learning for ‘Motivating and inspiring undergraduate nursing students to explore nursing and culture in a global setting through facilitating international learning experiences’


    Events and speaking engagements

    Conference Presentations

    Oral Presentation -  Browne, C., Fetherston, C. & Williams, A. (2019) Reflecting on an Image: Photo Diary as a tool for Researcher Reflexivity. 17th Qualitative Methods (QM) Conference. Brisbane, Australia,  1-3 May, 2019

    Wall, P., Fetherston, C., & Browne, C. (2018). An Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse Transition Model to Guide Educational Support Strategies. Paper presented at the International Congress on Innovations in Nursing, Perth, Western Australia.

    Browne, C., Fetherston, C., & Williams, A. (2018) Exploring student motivation to undertake clinical placement overseas: a link to achieving successful learning outcomes. 7th International Nurse Education Conference. Banff: Canada 6-9 May 2018

    Ng, J., Browne, C., Fowler, A., Bell, P., & DePrazer, R. (2016) The WA experience – Developing continuing education in acute care nursing for Tanzania. 17th Ottawa Conference on the Assessment of Competence in Medicine and the Healthcare Professions. Perth: Western Australia

    Professional and community service

    Murdoch University Committee Membership

    • Murdoch University Student Appeals Committee

    Stakeholder Committee Membership

    • Global Health Alliance of Western Australia (GHAWA) Clinical Placement Subcommittee

    Professional Membership

    • Australian College of Nursing – Deputy Chair International Nursing Community of Interest
    • International Education Association of Australia


    Doctoral and masters supervisions


    Wall, Peter (2016) Experiences of nursing students in a Bachelor of Nursing program as they transition from enrolled nurse to registered nurse. Other thesis, Murdoch University.

     Current Supervisions

    Masters candidate: Jo Walker:  The experiences of individuals seeking, receiving and using health information to assist in the self-management of thyroid disorders.(Co-supervisor)

    Masters candidate: Michelle Buchanan: Exploring the perceptions and experiences of nursing students attending their first mental health clinical placement. (Principal Supervisor)


    Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

    • Wall, P., Fetherston, C., Browne, C., (2018), Understanding the enrolled nurse to registered nurse journey through a model adapted from Schlossberg’s transition theory, Nurse Education Today, 67, , pages 6 – 14.
    • Browne, C., Wall, P., Batt, S., Bennett, R., (2018), Understanding perceptions of nursing professional identity in students entering an Australian undergraduate nursing degree, Nurse Education in Practice, 32, 8, .
    • Browne, C., Fetherston, C., (2018), How do we facilitate international clinical placements for Australian nursing students in Asia, Nurse Education Today, 66, July 2018, .
    • Fetherston, C., Browne, C., Andrus, P., Batt, S., (2017), Renewal of an entry to practice baccalaureate nursing curriculum: Adapting to complexity, Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 8, 2, pages 104 – 115.
    • Browne, C., Fetherston, C., Medigovich, K., (2015), International clinical placements for Australian undergraduate nursing students: A systematic thematic synthesis of the literature, Nurse Education Today, 35, 10, pages 1028 – 1036.

    Book Chapters

    Browne, C. (2016). Assessment of neurological function. In M. Farrell & J. Dempsey (Eds.), Smeltzer & Bare’s textbook of medical surgical nursing (4th ANZ ed.). Sydney, NSW: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

    Browne, C. (2016). Management of patients with cerebrovascular disorders. In M. Farrell & J. Dempsey (Eds.), Smeltzer & Bare’s textbook of medical surgical nursing (4th ANZ ed.). Sydney, NSW: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins


    Browne, C., Wall, P., & Jordan, T. (2015). Experiencing Thailand: Perspectives from an international clinical placement. The Hive. Australian College of Nursing.