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Lecture Overview

Boundaries: the invisible lines you must not cross. Most nurses can clearly identify situations where unprofessional conduct or professional misconduct occurs as a result of violating the clinician-patient relationship. However, some examples are less obvious. Learn how to create and maintain healthy boundaries with Dr Karen-Ann Clarke.


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Karen-Ann Clarke

Dr Karen-Ann Clarke is a Registered Nurse and a specialised mental health nurse, with 30 years’ experience of working with individuals and families impacted by the experiences of mental illness. Using a feminist narrative methodology, her PhD research explored the way in which women diagnosed with depression made decisions and meanings about receiving electroconvulsive therapy. As a lecturer in nursing at USC, Dr Clarke is responsible for the coordination of mental health curricula across multiple undergraduate and post-graduate programs. Teaching in excess of 900 undergraduate students each year, she is passionate about the value that immersive mental health simulation can bring to student’s learning and clinical skills, and the way that it can safely bring to life theoretical concepts related to mental health care. Dr Clarke currently supervises a number of honours, masters, and PhD students and is part of numerous research projects involving visualisation and simulation, mental illness, suicide prevention and the inclusion of people with lived experience of mental illness into the teaching and learning space.




15 Total Rating(s)

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Mabel Cifuentes
30 May 2018

Good video

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Dolores Santos
04 May 2018

Excellent presentation

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Susan ingall
23 Apr 2018

Very practical and helpful

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22 Apr 2018

A nice interactive session

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22 Apr 2018

A nice interactive learning session

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Christine Hulands
31 Mar 2018

Excellent lecture. Presentation was interesting and informative.

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Michele Selby
27 Mar 2018


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Wadzana Nollie HWATA
18 Mar 2018

Good presentation and very informative

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Theresa Diane Johnson
13 Mar 2018


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Nicholas Stewart Cleave
04 Mar 2018

Excellent presentation that clearly defined and delineated professional boundaries both between nuse/patient & and collegial relationships.