Dr Tracey Ahern is Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator of JCU's Master of Nursing (Online), a successful 100% online postgraduate course for Registered Nurses wanting to increase their knowledge base in one of three nursing specific specialisations: Education, Leadership and Management or Advanced Practice. 

Dr Ahern is a Registered Nurse who holds a PhD (Nursing) and BNSc (Hons Class 1).  She is also an experienced Queensland Registered Teacher with a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and Graduate Certificate of Education (Academic Practice). Dr Ahern joined JCU in 2015 as a sessional academic, to combine her teaching and nursing practice and extend her professional practice to the higher education context.  

Dr Ahern has expertise in research with a exploratory quantitative design, particularly using online surveys to collect data.  Her PhD explored the role of the Breast Care Nurse in Australia across metropolitan, rural and remote areas and the support they provide to women with breast cancer.  During this time, she developed research interests in; women's health, models of nursing care, supportive care for people with cancer living in rural and remote areas, and disparities in healthcare for people in rural and remote Australia.  In recent times, whilst working predominantly in online education, Dr Ahern has developed a keen interest in best practice models of online education, and is particularly interested in research exploring the support and training required to build capacity in educators working in online courses.

  • 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)
  • NS5383: Diabetes Education Professional Practice (Level 5; ONL)
  • Teaching and learning in higher education
  • Women's health
  • Psychosocial support for people with a cancer diagnosis
  • Healthcare disparities for people living in rural and remote Australia
  • Models of nursing care
  • Postgraduate nursing education
  • Online teaching and learning
  • 2021 to present - Senior Lecturer, Course Coordinator: Master of Nursing (Online), James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2018 to 2021 - Lecturer, Deputy Course Coordinator, Master of Nursing (JCU Online), Academic Lead: Student Advocacy and Experience, James Cook University - Nursing and Midwifery (Townsville)
  • 2017 to 2021 - Lecturer, James Cook University - Nursing, and Midwifery (Townsville)
  • 2015 to 2016 - Sessional Academic, James Cook University - Nursing and Midwifery (Townsville)
  • 2007 to 2012 - Registered Nurse, Ayr Medical Group (Ayr)
  • 1990 to 2008 - Secondary Teacher, Qld Department of Education (Innisfail SHS, and Ayr SHS)
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  • 2024 to 2025 - JCU Learning and Teaching Innovation Large Grant.
  • 2023 - Australian College of Nursing, Institute of Leadership scholarship valued at $1100 to complete The Leader's Mindset Series 3.
  • 2023 - Australasian Mental Health and Higher Education Collaboration (AMHHEC) Bursary receipient to attend the 2023 STARS Conference in Brisbane, 3-5 July.
  • 2019 to 2020 - JCU Learning and Teaching Grant: A cross collaboration project with Psychology researchers at JCU Singapore (James Cook University)
  • 2017 to 2018 - JCU Learning and Teaching Grant (Nursing and Midwifery, James Cook University)
  • 2014 - Cancer Council Queensland Travel Grant (Cancer Council Queensland)
  • 2014 - Faculty Research Student Support Scheme Grant (Australian Catholic University)
  • 2012 to 2014 - APA Scholarship (Australian Catholic University)
  • 2013 - Faculty Research Student Support Scheme Grant (Australian Catholic University)
  • 2009 - Honours Scholarship (James Cook University)
  • 2009 - Best Presentation by a Registered Nurse (International Nurses Day Conference - Townsville Hospital)
  • 2009 - Academic Medal (Bachelor Honours) (James Cook University)
  • 2008 - North Queensland Nurse of the Year (Cancer Council Queensland)
  • 2005 - Alf Kretschmar Award (Cancer Council Queensland)
  • 2023 to 2024 - Accepted into the HERDSA Mentoring and Coaching Support (MCAPS) for Career Advancement Program.
  • 2023 - Co-management of the Events Portfolio for the HERDSA Online Engagement SiG.
  • 2010 to 2023 - Member Australian College of Nursing (ACN)
  • 2022 to 2023 - Contracted as co-designer and co-developer for a collaboration with The Northern Australian Regional Digital Health Collaborative to develop and design a micro-credential digital health online course.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 21+ research outputs authored by Dr Tracey Ahern from 2013 onwards.


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  • Does Nurse led HOUDINI Protocal for early Removal of Indwelling urinary Catheters Reduce Incidence of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections? (Masters , Secondary Advisor)

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