Mrs Jo Perry

Mrs Jo Perry
 Position Lecturer
 Org Unit Nursing
 Telephone +61 8 8313 2010
 Location Floor/Room 4 ,  Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Mrs Perry completed her Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing) at the South Australian Institute of Technology in the early 1990s. From there, she worked at the Royal Adelaide Hospital as a Graduate Nurse for a year, after that accepting a position at Western Hospital. It was here that she started to gain expertise in Day Surgery, Recovery, High Dependency and Gastroenterology. It was while working at Western that she finished her BSN degree through the University of South Australia. She also completed her preceptor course, eventually becoming active in an educator role for both undergraduate registered nurse students as well as enrolled nurse students. In 1997, Mrs Perry moved to the USA with her husband and worked as a registered nurse in Cardio-pulmonary, Gastroenterology and Day Surgery. She became Board Certified in Gastroenterology. Mrs Perry then went on to study her Masters Degree in Nursing starting out at Atlantic State University in the Nurse Practitioner tract. She completed her studies at Marian University with a major in Nursing Education. Since then she has worked a dual role in practice in the Operating Room since 2001, and teaching for Marian University since 2004. She is all but dissertation status with her PhD from Marquette University. Mrs Perry returned to Australia with her family in 2010, and has assumed the coordinator role for the postgraduate perioperative courses. Mrs Perry runs the Perioperative Specialty Graduate Diploma as well as the undergraduate perioperative nursing course to 3rd year nursing students. She also maintains clinical hours as a scrub/scout. Mrs Perry also holds a role as Nurse Manager - Clinical Risk at SA Health - WCHN. 

  • Qualifications

    Registered Nurse

    Certificate (Acute Care) - AQFCert3

    Certified Gastroenterological Registered Nurse (CGRN)

    Diploma Applied Science (Nursing)

    Bachelor of Nursing

    Masters of the Science of Nursing (Nurse Educator)

    PhD - ABD (USA) - Research stream focus on teacher scholar for vulnerable population

    PhD Candidate (Aust) - The Value of Perioperative Nurses

    Various certificates and professional skill certifications

  • Awards & Achievements

    2022 - Winner of Academic A/B Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Excutive Dean Award for Teaching Excellence

    2017 - Winner of the Judith Berry Award for Excellence in Perioperative Nursing

    Education Specialist - Adelaide Education Academy

  • Research Interests

    Work-life balance in nursing students

    Recruitment and retention of newly graduated registered nurses

    Emotional intelligence and nursing practice

    Factors which influence nurse attrition, student and new graduate focus

    Complexity in Perioperative Nursing

    Communication across the patient perioperative journey

    The Value of perioperative nurses and perioperative nursing

    Assessment criteria mapping - rubrics

    Asynchronous content delivery methods - engagement and evaluation

    Synchronous tutorial delivery design - engagement and evaluation

  • Publications

    An Exploration of Complexity in Perioperative Services at the Royal Adelaide Hospital - Abstract presented at the ACORN National conference in Melbourne - May 2014

    Reviewer - 2014/2015 ACORN Standards for Perioperative Nursing - Infection Control

    Pupkiewicz J, Kitson A, and Perry J, (2015) 'What factors within the perioperative environment influence the training of scrub nurses?' Nurse Education in Practice, Article in Press April 2015.

    Reviewer - Hamlin, Davies, Richarson-Tench and Sutherland-Fraser (2016) Perioperative Nursing - An Introduction, Elsevier.

    Scrubbing, Gowning Gloving Video and Scrub Passport Module - The University of Adelaide - 2015

    Best Paper - Nursing and Medical students working together? It's a curly process but it can happen! - Presentation paper at the ACORN National conference in Hobart - May 2016

    Building a Better Moustrap in Perioperative Care - Presentation at SAPNA State Conference - May 2017

    Periprocedural Courses - Presentation at ACORN National Conference - May 2018

    Standards Author - 2018 - Risk Management - ACORN Standards for Perioperative Nursing

    Standards Author - 2020 - Wellbeing - ACORN Standards for Perioperative Nursing

    McKinnon, Donnelly, Perry 2020 Experiences of Post Anaesthetic Recovery Nurses facilitating Advanced Directives in the immediate post anaesthetic period: A phenomenological study Journal of Advanced Nursing

  • Professional Associations

    Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)

    Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN)

    South Australian Perioperative Nurses Association (SAPNA)

    Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)

    Western Society of Nurse Researchers (WSNR)

  • Professional Interests

    Champion for Consumer and Patient rights - Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner of South Australia - 2014

    Risk Management in HealthCare

    Legal Issues in Healthcare

    Ethics and Professional Practice

    Perioperative Nursing

    Wellbeing in critical working environments - Perioperative

    Promoting consistency in medication safety- minimising medication errors through safety in drug calculations and labelling practices.


  • Media Expertise

    CategoriesMedicine & Medical Research
    ExpertisePerioperative Nursing;
    Surgical Nursing;
    Scrub scout Nursing;
    Circulator Nursing;
    Surgery Nursing;
    Operating Theatre Nursing;
    Intraoperative Nursing.
    NotesCourse Co-ordinator Perioperative Nursing;
    Standards reviewer ACORN;
    Current practice in perioperative nursing;
    *Perioperative nursing encompasses the practice of nurses who work in operating theatres, focusing on the role of the nurse caring for a patient while they are undergoing surgery. Perioperative nurses scrub for surgical cases and circulate the surgical room.

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Entry last updated: Friday, 5 May 2023

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