Curriculum Vitae


Registration Information

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia:  NMW0001255220

Nurse-  Registered Nurse (Division 1)


Professional Education

1995                            Bachelor of Nursing, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.

2017                           Master of Nursing, With Distinction, Charles Sturt University

  • Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds (HD)
  • Human Resource Management (CR)
  • Leadership and Management for the Nurse 1 (DI)
  • Leadership and Management for the Nurse 2 (HD)
  • Critical Enquiry and Evidence Based Nursing Practice (DI)
  • Applied Pharmacology (PS)
  • Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Clinical Education (CR)
  • Choices/Options in later life (HD)


Employment History

2015 to current                       Clinical Nurse Specialist 1- Part Time (0.1FTE), Hunter Integrated Pain Service, John Hunter Hospital- Lookout Road, New Lambton

Duty and Responsibility Statement – Provision of services to outpatients, supporting the weaning of opioids and provision of pain management education to patients via phone, teleconferencing and face to face. Presenting programs such as Understanding Pain and Active Pain treatment, preparing programs, and following up with phone calls for patients that have requested such. Liaising with GP’s and community services in regards to patient care and management. Assessment of our services and implementation of change as required. Working within a multidisciplinary team and in an intra-disciplinary manner. Education of hospital staff around chronic pain management.

08/07/2013 to current           Clinical Nurse Specialist 1- Part Time (0.4FTE), Acute Pain Service, John Hunter Hospital- Lookout Road, New Lambton

Duty & Responsibility Statement – Provision of pain management to inpatients of the John Hunter Hospital, including multi modal, patient controlled analgesia, continuous opioid infusions, epidural infusions, continuous nerve blocks, wound catheters, oral/inhaled/sublingual/intravenous/subcutaneous analgesia. Provision of continued education of staff in all pain management matters. Reviewing and updating of policies and procedures to ensure currency. Liaising with Emergency Department and Drug and Alcohol Team as required. Organising for pain management procedures to be attended as required. Work independently and within a multidisciplinary team.

30/11/2009 to current           Clinical Nurse Specialist 1- Part Time (0.5FTE), Ward F3- Cardiothoracic/Vascular Surgery, John Hunter Hospital- Lookout Road, New Lambton

Duty & Responsibility Statement – Pre-operative workup and post-operative care of the cardiothoracic and vascular patients, and any other outlying patients that may be on the ward. Knowledge of and adherence to policies and procedures of the hospital and the unit. Working in conjunction with the Nursing Unit Manager to lead the ward as a team leader. Often working in the Case Managers position. Maintaining thorough patient documentation. All general nursing duties associated with the unit including telemetry, ICC management, external pacing wire care, surgical drain management, wound care, insertion of IVC’s, pain management, discharge planning and all post-operative care. Mentoring new staff on the ward. Providing in-service to the surgical division on surgical issues of interest. Liaising between multidisciplinary teams regarding total patient care. Attending bed meetings and liaising with management as to staffing and bed management issues.

1997 to 2002                          Registered Nurse- Full Time, Post Acute Community Care, Sydney West Area Health Services, Westmead Hospital

Duty & Responsibility Statement – Involved in the commencement of the Post Acute Community Care (PACC) pilot project which aimed to achieve the safe and early discharge of patients from the hospital with a holistic team treating patients in their own homes. Pilot project was a success and is still functioning. Assessment of patients, co-ordination of discharge from hospital, set up and implementation of nursing care plans, progress reports and eventual discharge or transfer of care of patient from the PACC program. Close liaison with Consulting Medical Officer, Local Medical Officer and hospital staff. This includes presenting in-services to the same on the ever expanding role of the PACC team. Specialised within the PACC team in caring for patients with breast cancer- providing support, education, post-operative care, assessment for Allied Health assistance and seroma drainage as required. Development of educational package for fellow nursing staff to gain proficiency in seroma drainage and the set-up of a competency register for the same. Provided ongoing in-services and nursing education to fellow team members on breast cancer issues and attended various conferences on breast cancer care and wound management. Relief coordinator of staff when regular coordinator was absent- requiring managerial skills, work delegation, liaison between health care managers including medical practitioners. Design of patient education pamphlets for post-operative patients. Patients included in the PACC criteria ranged from medical to surgical- and required high level care, twice daily visits or holistic care. This included intravenous antibiotics, chemotherapy, complex wound management, post-operative care, respiratory or cardiac management and education and heparin administration. The team consisted of Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and a Pharmacist.

1995- 1997                              Registered Nurse, A5C- Cardiac Stepdown Unit, Westmead Hospital.

Duty & Responsibility Statement – Working in the cardiology ward of Westmead hospital. Managing patients post MI, angiograms, EPS studies, or being worked up for CABG’s. Maintaining patient records and ensuring care plans were adhered to. Medical and surgical management of patients. All general care associated with cardiac patients.


Higher Grade Duty Activity

Project Manager ‘Guideline for prescribing opioids in the hospital setting’- Delphi Survey.

Vascular Case manager on a regular basis on Ward F3 of the John Hunter Hospital. The position is a monthly rotation and shared amongst the senior staff.


Professional Development of Self- Seminars/Conferences/Workshops/Short Course

24/11/2018     Vascular Seminar,

John Hunter Hospital, New Lambton

12/04/2017     Australian Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting

Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide (4 day conference)

02/10/2016     PIGNI 2016 Annual Professional Development Day

Le Montage, Lilyfield, Sydney

09/09/2016     HIPS/TIPS Pain Education Day

Ibis Styles, Tamworth Towers, Tamworth

28/10/2015     PIGNI 2015 Professional Development One-Day Program

Le Montage, Lilyfield, Sydney

11/08/2015     Pain Management: Hunter Integrated Pain Conference

Customs House, Newcastle.

20/06/2015     NOI- Explain Pain, David Butler

Port Macquarie (2 day course)

08/08/2014     Pain Education Day

Fort Scratchley, Newcastle

05/06/2013     High Acuity Nursing

Critical Care Educational Services Pty. Ltd.

05/04/2012     CNS/CMS Workshop

Hunter New England Local Health District

26/08/2011     Cardiothoracic Seminar “Thrilling thoracics for bung lungs”

Hunter New England Local Health District

27/05/2010     Vascular Nursing – Module 2

Sydney South West Area Health Services

23/03/2010     IV Cannulation

Hunter New England Area Health Service


Professional Presentations/Education (Conference/Seminar)

21/03/2018     Hunter Integrated Pain Service

Co-presenter (with Ruth White), Physiotherapy Department Rankin Park Rehabilitation Hospital.

05/03/2018     New Graduate Introduction to Pain

Presenter, New Graduate Registered Nurse Program, John Hunter Hospital

27/02/2018     HIPS nerve blocks in palliative care

Presenter, Pain Management Education Day, Calvary Mater Hospital

24/11/2017     Why is acute on chronic pain so difficult to treat?

Presenter, Vascular Seminar, John Hunter Hospital Auditorium

25/02/2017     Anaesthesia and Pain Clinical Stream Annual Planning Day

Presentation of opioid document for opinion.

27/03/2016     Head and Neck Cancer Support Group

Presenter- “The meaning of pain and Hunter Integrated Pain Service’s                                     approach to improving life”. Calvary Mater Hospital, Newcastle.

31/10/2014     Pain in the Ischaemic Limb

Presenter, 2nd Annual Vascular Seminar, John Hunter Hospital Auditorium

9/08/2013       Temporary Pacing

Presenter, 5th Annual Cardiothoracic Seminar- Hunter New England Local Health District- John Hunter Hospital Auditorium >200 people.



Delphi Survey that informed the Guideline HNELHD CG 17_20 ‘Opioid Prescribing in the Hospital Setting’, 15th June, 2017

Mikaelian, B., & Stanley, D. (2016). Incivility in nursing: from roots to repair. Journal of Nursing Management, 24(7), pp.962-969. DOI: 10.1111/jonm.12403

Mikaelian, B. (2016). How can we change the bullying culture in nursing? Nurses Uncut, The Lamp, October, 2016. P. 35.


Competency Standard Achievement

 10/03/2017     Simulation Enhanced Advanced Life Support

28/08/2014     Aseptic Technique Auditor

12/09/2013     Hand Hygiene Australia- Ward Auditor

14/05/2013     Cardiac Temporary Pacing Competency

23/03/2010     IV Cannulation

21/10/2009     Moving Safely


Committees / Interest Groups

PIGNI- Pain Interest Group, Nursing Issues

APS- Australian Pain Society


Professional Development- In-servicing

Mandatory in-servicing up to date. A copy of all in-servicing in Professional Development Folders and available on request.


Extra- Curricular Interests

Zumba Instructor and owner of Raymond Terrace Zumba

Run Director- The Terrace parkrun