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Professor Tracey Bucknall holds a joint appointment between Cabrini Health and Deakin University, as Professor of Nursing at Deakin University and the Head of the Cabrini-Deakin Centre for Nursing Research at Cabrini Hospital. She has clinical qualifications and extensive experience in critical care nursing, and has held a variety of clinical, educational and research appointments in both private and public hospitals, and in the tertiary sector. She is Chair of the School’s Research and Research Training Committee and co-ordinator of Higher Degrees by Research. Professor Bucknall is also a foundation member of the Quality and Patient Safety Strategic Research Centre of Deakin University. She is also an Associate Editor for Worldviews on Evidence Based Nursing, the top ranked international nursing journal in 2009.
Professor Bucknall teaches clinical decision making in undergraduate and postgraduate nursing education programs. She supervises masters and PhD students with a focus on clinical decision making and evidence-based practice.
Her primary research interest is in improving clinical decision making. With over 80 publications in the field she has concentrated on understanding how individuals make decisions routinely and in uncertainty, understanding the environmental and social influences in health care. Based in a hospital, Professor Bucknall has three programs of research. One program focuses on issues concerning patient safety, particularly identifying and managing deteriorating patients, improving inter-professional communication and preventing medical error. The second program focuses on symptom management across clinical settings, predominantly in pain management. The third program concentrates on the implementation of research evidence into practice or the science of knowledge translation, studying different approaches to increase the uptake of research by clinicians to improve patient outcomes.