John Smithson is a lecturer in Nursing at James Cook University with 10 years academic experience teaching pharmacy and nursing undergraduate and postgraduate students.  He currently coordinates the Nurse Practitioner Course.  He is an accredited pharmacist and registered nurse with extensive experience in both the public remote and regional hospitals and private community and consultant pharmacy sectors.  His professional academic interests include exploring institutional systems and processes to improve teaching and learning quality, using novel teaching methods to improve job readiness of undergraduate students, improving prescribing quality and reliance on evidence-based practice and evaluation and predictors of long term impact of foreign aid programs to countries around the pacific-rim.  John enjoys competitive sailing, especially in stormy weather as he thinks it is good job training.

  • BM1022: Physiological Systems and Processes 2 (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • NS5902: Extended Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning 2 (Level 5; TSV)
  • NS5903: Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practice 1 (Level 5; TSV)
  • NS5906: Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practice 2 (Level 5; TSV)
  • NS5921: Pharmacotherapeutics for Nurse Practitioners 1 (Level 5; TSV)
  • NS5922: Pharmacotherapeutics for Nurse Practitioners 2 (Level 5; TSV)
  • PP2131: Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • PP2231: Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • Effect of simulation on student learning
  • Student feedback
  • 2017 - Academic Lead: Learning and Teaching (Nursing & Midwifery), James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2011 - ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

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Journal Articles
Conference Papers
  • Birks M, Buchan J, Smithson J and Norris P (2014) Reality at the COAL FACE. Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. In: ascilite 2014: 31st Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Rhetoric and Reality: critical perspectives on educational technology, 23-26 November 2014, Dunedin, New Zealand
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 14+ research outputs authored by Dr John Smithson from 2008 onwards.

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Townsville Health Service District - Research Trust Fund

Nurse practitioner in the THHS: An exploration of current and potential roles

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This research aims to understand the actual potential contribution of nurse practitioners to the local health service from the perspective of senior hospital managers. This research will (1) Describe the current roles and dominant work patterns of nurse practitioners employed in the THHS district (2) Identify unmet service demand that could potentially be filled by nurse practitioners (3) Develop recommendations to enhance the capacity of practitioners to address the unmet service demand in the THHS context. Achieving these aims will contribute to an understanding of the current role of the nurse practitioner in the local health services and identify strategies to expand its scope.
John Smithson, Melanie Birks, David Lindsay and Sandra Crook (College of Healthcare Sciences and Townsville Health Service District)
Nurse Practitioner; Nursing roles; Scope of Practice; Service demand

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