Dr Amanda Cottle-Quinn

Lecturer

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Overview

I am currently a teaching and research focused academic in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Queensland. I have over seven years of teaching experience in the tertiary setting, with involvement in curricular design, student engagement, course co-ordination, teaching and significant leadership roles including program leadership.

I am an early career researcher currently working in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. I have a passion for researching the employment outcomes of early career health workers and expertise in longitudinal survey design.

My thesis titled "Factors that influence early career nurse employment outcomes, settings and intention to remain in the workforce: A prospective cohort study" is available in the UQ eSpace: https://espace.library.uq.edu.au//view/UQ:e3b5b59

My most recent papers are

Cottle-Quinn, A., Tower, M., & Eley, R. (2022). Factors that impact Australian early career nurses' intentions to remain in their position and the profession: A prospective cohort study. Journal of Nursing Management. https://doi.org/10.1111/jonm.13803

Cottle‐Quinn, A., Tower, M., & Eley, R. (2021). Factors that influence Australian early career nurse employment outcomes and settings: A prospective cohort study. Journal of Nursing Management, 29(3), 459–467. https://doi.org/10.1111/jonm.13166

Research Interests

  • Healthcare workforce in priority settings
    At present, healthcare delivery relies heavily on acute care services which are challenged to appropriately meet the needs of these populations. Additionally, geographic diversity in Australia means that outside of metropolitan areas acute care services are not readily available. As a result, Australians living in rural and remote areas face unique health challenges and suffer poorer health outcomes compared to people living in metropolitan areas. Importantly, focusing on acute care services to meet the needs of these populations does not reflect the focus of contemporary healthcare policy which emphasises the importance of delivering appropriate and cost-effective care, in appropriate environments at a time when care is needed. There is currently very limited information about the factors associated with the intention of early career healthcare workers to preference employment in primary healthcare, and in particular in non-metropolitan areas. This is an important area to address in order to build a future workforce. Whilst there is evidence to suggest that employment setting preferences are impacted upon by a number of factors, including university program curricula, perspectives projected by academic staff, personal and placement experiences and preconceived ideas of settings; current research has focused on barriers and negative factors associated with practising in these settings. This highlights a much neglected and important area of research. Whilst there is research related to barriers to seeking postgraduate employment in these settings there is a dearth of information related to why healthcare workers do seek employment in these areas.
  • Factors that influence early career nurse employment outcomes
    Despite an increase in graduate numbers, anticipated higher employment rates and increased retention of Early Career Nurses (ECN) remains elusive. My PhD study found that success in gaining employment is affected by having English as a second language (ESL). This may be because the English language requirements prior to registration as a nurse may not be aligned with industry requirements. This may lead to a bias against ECNs with ESL gaining employment as RNs in Australia.
  • Transition experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse early career nurses
    My research has found that not having English as a first language impacts on securing employment as an RN. This research also found differences for those early career nurses (ECNs) with ESL who secured work compared to those who had English as a first language. ESL ECNs working as Registered Nurses (RNs) reported lower Readiness for Practice (RFP), job satisfaction, Work Environment, Support and Encouragement (WESE) scores, and support mechanisms. This implies that the transition experiences of ECNs with ESL are different from those who have English as a first language. There is currently no theoretical research focused on ECNs with ESL limiting the evidence base for supporting their transition to practice to ensure retention.
  • Early career nurse job mobility and development
    My research has identified the factors that impact on early career nurses' (ECNs’) intention to remain in the profession longer than 10 years. There is evidence that job mobility in the ECN population is desired and undertaken for perceived labour market gains. Stress and Work Environment, Support and Encouragement (WESE) scores predicted whether respondents would intend to remain in the profession longer than 10 years. Industry, academia and government should focus on facilitating career progression of ECNs through supporting them past their initial 12 months of employment. This can be done through flexible working contracts, increasing opportunities for high-quality continuing professional development, and flexible career pathways that facilitate the transfer between departments, organisations, and sectors.

Research Impacts

According to my 2022 Scopus data, my overall Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI) for all publications is 1.64, with FWCI numbers of 1.95 and 1.33 on individual papers. Some of my work has been cited every year since its publication, with citations outside the discipline of nursing showing the longevity and versatility of my work to date. My work has gained international attention with a wide range of institutions citing my work. My work is used in a variety of ways including twitter, and government publications. This shows the transfer of knowledge from my work between universities, industry and the community, and the impact of that knowledge on the development of new policy.

My research that explored Australian early career nurses' intentions to remain in their position and the profession identified differences when comparing intention to remain in a position and the profession. Nurses are satisfied with their career choice and intend to remain in the profession, although many are intending to move positions. This finding has implications for Nursing Management: to effectively retain the nursing workforce stakeholders must focus on the work environment, appropriate support, and remuneration, and facilitate career progression.

Cottle-Quinn, A., Tower, M., & Eley, R. (2022). Factors that impact Australian early career nurses' intentions to remain in their position and the profession: A prospective cohort study. Journal of Nursing Management. https://doi.org/10.1111/jonm.13803

My research that explored factors that influence Australian early career nurse employment outcomes and settings found a misalignment between English language requirements and industry expectations about language may lead to bias in recruitment of graduate nurses with English as their second language. It also concluded that recruitment to out-of-hospital settings may be promoted by having healthcare experience and targeting those with a preference. This finding has implications for Nursing Management; reviewing current employment policies to ensure they reflect the need for cultural diversity in the nursing workforce is critical. Additionally, research that aims to understand how preferences for out-of-hospital settings are developed will help target graduate employment strategies.

Cottle‐Quinn, A., Tower, M., & Eley, R. (2021). Factors that influence Australian early career nurse employment outcomes and settings: A prospective cohort study. Journal of Nursing Management, 29(3), 459–467. https://doi.org/10.1111/jonm.13166

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Nursing, Griffith University
  • Master of Health Practice, Griffith University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

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