About Associate Professor Donna Waters

Donna has research interests in public health, research education, evidence implementation and knowledge transfer.

Donna is a registered general and obstetric nurse with 25 years experience in the management of medical, health services and nursing research projects. Following early research training in paediatrics, Donna managed an independent nursing and health services research organisation for more than 12 years. Donna has also worked as the Manager of research and projects at the College of Nursing and as Associate Professor of Nursing for Justice Health in NSW. With specialist qualifications in psychology, epidemiology and statistics, Donna uses the practical skills gained from working with teams across all stages of the research process, and across many different methodologies, to design and deliver research education to nurses, midwives and other professional groups.

Donna has a special interest in evidence-based practice – particularly innovations and strategies that aid the transfer and implementation of research evidence into clinical practice. Donna was involved in early development research into evidence based practice guidelines for nurse practitioners in NSW and has also been involved as a researcher and consultant in nursing workforce and workload studies. In addition to her current appointment, Donna is an Honorary Associate (Research) at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Selected publications

Waters D, Qualitative Research. In: V Moyer et al. eds. Evidence-based paediatrics and child health. Oxford: BMJ Publishing Group, 2004; 111- 117 (Chapter 12). 

Waters DL
, Crisp J, Rychetnik L, Barrett A. (2009) The Australian experience of nurses’ preparedness for evidence-based practice. (Accepted for publication in the Journal of Nursing Management). 

Waters DL, Rychetnik L, Crisp J, Barrett A. (2009) Views on evidence from nursing opinion leaders. (Accepted for publication in Nurse Education Today). 

Cashin A, Chiarella M, Waters D, Potter E (2008) Assessing nursing competency in the Correctional Environment, Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 24(6):267-273. 

McKay KO, Waters DL, Gaskin KJ (2005) The influence of newborn screening for cystic fibrosis on pulmonary outcomes in New South Wales, Journal of Pediatrics, 147:S47-S50. 

Cooke H, Waters D, Dyer K, Lawler J, Picone D. (2004) Midwifery-led antenatal care: development of a best practice model, Australian Midwifery, 17(2):21-24. 

Waters D, Picone D, Cooke H, Dyer K, Brodie P, Middleton S. (2004) Midwifery-led care: Finding evidence for an antenatal model, Australian Midwifery, 17(2):16-20.  

Waters D, Clarke M, Harris Ingall A, Dean-Jones M. (2003) Evaluation of a pilot mentoring programme for Nurse Managers, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 42(5):516-526. 

Allen JR, McCauley JC, Selby AM, Waters DL, Gruca MA, Baur LA, Van Asperen P, Gaskin KJ. (2003) Differences in resting energy expenditure between male and female children with cystic fibrosis, Journal of Pediatrics, 142:15-19.

Picone D, Lawler J, Lumby J, Waters D, Hathaway V, Middleton S, Hill H. (2000) Clinical practice guidelines for major colorectal surgical patients, Journal of Stomal Therapy Australia, 20(4):6-16. 

Eisenbruch M, Rotem A, Waters D, Snodgrass R, Creegan R. (2001) Multicultural nursing education. Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training for the National Review of Nursing Education. Canberra, December 2001. ISBN 0 642 77246 0. Available at: http://www.dest.gov.au/highered/nursing/pubs/multi_cultural/1.htm 

NSW Health Department (2000) NSW Nursing Workforce Research Project. D Waters for the Nursing and Health Services Research Consortium. Available at: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/nursing/projects.htm#wforceres 

Picone D, Lawler J, Lumby J, Waters D. (2000) Improving Patient Outcomes Project. Sydney Metropolitan Teaching Hospitals Nursing Consortium and University of Sydney Faculty of Nursing. ISBN 0646366378, Sydney. 

Waters D, Nurse practitioners: Visibly different but not visible enough. Keynote address to the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (NSW Branch) Annual Conference, Sydney, November 2007. 

Waters D, Leadership for evidence-based practice. Presented at the Nursing Leadership Conference, Gold Coast, April 2007. 

Waters D, Schofield R. The Enrolled Nurse: Perioperative Practice Program: Instrument Nurse). Presented at the 50th NSW Operating Theatre Association Annual Conference, Sydney, April 2007. 

Waters D, Perceptions of evidence among NSW nurses. Presented at Pebbles of Knowledge: Making evidence meaningful. The  2005 Joanna Briggs Institute International Convention, Adelaide, November 2005.  

Waters D, Building a foundation for engagement in Evidence Based Practice. Presented at the International Conference on Nursing Education in the 21st Century. Hue, Vietnam, March 2005. Interdisciplinary Clinical Education. Presented at the Simtec Annual Medical Simulation Conference, Canberra, May 2004.