Pieta Shakes is overly enthusiastic about patient experience and person-centred care within our fast-paced systems and society. With a professional goal to improve equity and diversity in healthcare, Pieta was drawn towards education, research, and the translation of knowledge to practice. 

Pieta has a particular interest in the psychosocial aspects of prenatal diagnosis and the ethical matters entwined with prenatal screening. She is currently undertaking her PhD on the maternal experience of receiving a prenatal diagnosis of agenesis of the corpus callosum, inspired by her own lived experience. Pieta has experience with literature reviews, using discourse analysis and hermeneutic phenomenology as methodologies and survey development. 

Pieta is a credentialed mental health nurse with postgraduate qualifications in mental health nursing, diagnostic genomics and higher education innovative teaching and learning. She is the founder and Executive Director of Through the Unexpected, sits on the Perinatal Ethics Subcommittee of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand, is an advisor for an ARC-funded NIPT related study and frequently provides consultation upon matters relating to communication, language and parent experience within prenatal diagnosis. 

  • NS5330: Persuasive Communication (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5331: Effective Clinical Governance (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5332: Informatics for Health Professionals (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5333: Synthesising Evidence for Healthcare (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5334: Professional Portfolios for Career Advancement (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5338: Ethics and Health Management (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5339: Leading and Managing in Health (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5340: Conflict and Dispute Resolution in Healthcare (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5341: Business and Finance for the Health Manager (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5342: Principles of Education for the Health Professional (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5343: Teaching in Practice Settings (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5344: Clinical Coaching (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5345: Contemporary Healthcare Education (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5346: Advanced Health Assessment (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5347: Quality Use of Medicines in Practice (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5348: Applied Health Assessment for Advanced Practice (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5349: Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Practice (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5352: Qualitative Research in Healthcare (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5353: Quantitative Research in Healthcare (Level 5; ONL)
  • NS5354: Implementing Practice Development in Healthcare Contexts (Level 5; ONL)
  • Patient experience, genomics and nursing, prenatal screening and diagnosis, online education, innovative teaching, student-centred teaching, equity and diversity in nursing, neurodevelopmental differences, hermeneutic phenomenology, discourse analysis, agenesis of the corpus callosum, rare conditions and mental health
  • 2020 to 2022 - Sessional academic, James Cook University
  • 2018 to 2020 - Sessional academic, Deakin University
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  • 2021 - Southern Cross University Student Excellence Award
  • 2018 - Academic Excellence, Southern Cross University
  • The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Through the Unexpected (Director)
  • Global Genomics Nursing Alliance G2NA
  • Professional Association of Nurses in Developmental Disability Australia Inc
  • Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Psi Zeta at-Large Chapter (Committee member)
  • RTP Scholarship
  • 2021 - Letter of commendation for a high level of achievement in OUA SP 3 (GradCert Higher Ed Innovative Teaching and Learning)
  • 2021 - Letter of commendation for a high level of achievement in OUA SP 2 (GradCert Higher Ed Innovative Teaching and Learning)

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